OP ED – The Elephant and Yucca Mountain

Dealing with the 77,000 tons of accumulated spent fuel from the U.S. civilian nuclear solid fuel energy program is an enormous and unresolved issue. But like most of the world’s problems, the stockpiling of spent nuclear fuel from solid fuel Light Water Reactors (LWR) is the result of a policy choice based on the goals and objectives of a different time – the cold war years. A better alternative was developed and exists, but it was intentionally sidelined and defunded

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ENERGY SPENT IN DECOMMISSIONING

Quite recently, I was taken aback when somebody asked me about the energy (e.g. Mwh or Petajoules, PJ) spent to demolish a NPP, and the innuendo was that the decommissioning-related energy could be comparable with the construction of the same NPP, and even to the energy generated by that plant. I must admit I had no answer to offer on the spot. And yet, I realized soon that this is an argument used at times by the anti-nuclear groups. Was this really a loaded question? I decided to launch an enquiry among my colleagues and friends and I am glad to share the results with you.

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