Today: 25.Nov.2020

Bruno Comby, President of Environmentalists for Nuclear: The subject of nuclear waste is often discussed in public debates on energy, and is used by some environmental groups to oppose nuclear energy. Such opposition is not backed by any solid scientific facts. This article proposes a new insight, from an environmental perspective, on the nuclear waste issue. Nuclear waste has undeniable environmental benefits: it is produced in relatively small amounts. It is not disposed of in the open and is almost totally confined. It is very easy to ensure protection from identified sources of radiation. Unlike with other highly toxic stable chemical and industrial waste matter, the toxicity of reprocessed radioactive waste decreases very rapidly in an exponential manner with time, returning to the natural level of radioactivity of the original ore after only 5000 years. Safe, simple and efficient solutions exist to make nuclear waste inert by vitrification and to isolate the waste from the biosphere until it is no longer toxic.

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Ken Kok is a nuclear engineer and leading member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers advocating for advanced nuclear power technology with spent fuel recycling. Used nuclear fuel and depleted uranium are already mined and milled resources that can power all of America's electrical energy needs at 1994 levels for over 700 years. This is more valuable than fossil fuels and would not require mining for these needs. Combined with fossil fuels, and uranium and thorium still in the ground, the United States and the rest of the world potentially have enough energy to improve the lives of people everywhere for as far as we think civilization will last.

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Howard Cork Hayden, Emeritus Physics Professor, University of Connecticut: As a long-time observer of the energy scene, I remind everybody that the war on nuclear is only part of the war on energy being waged by both the malicious and the ignorant. All energy saves lives, even from unreliable piddle-power sources like firewood (500 W/acre, 1200 W/ha year-round average), wind (5 kW/acre, 12 kW/ha year-round average), and solar (>>>$1 million/kWh at midnight). Please don’t get sucked in by the implication that fossil fuels are bad. You’d be joining the battle against energy.

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Bruno Comby, President of Environmentalists for Nuclear: The subject of nuclear waste is often discussed in public debates on energy, and is used by some environmental groups to oppose nuclear energy. Such opposition is not backed by any solid scientific facts. This article proposes a new insight, from an environmental perspective, on the nuclear waste issue. Nuclear waste has undeniable environmental benefits: it is produced in relatively small amounts. It is not disposed of in the open and is almost totally confined. It is very easy to ensure protection from identified sources of radiation. Unlike with other highly toxic stable chemical and industrial waste matter, the toxicity of reprocessed radioactive waste decreases very rapidly in an exponential manner with time, returning to the natural level of radioactivity of the original ore after only 5000 years. Safe, simple and efficient solutions exist to make nuclear waste inert by vitrification and to isolate the waste from the biosphere until it is no longer toxic.

Published in France
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