Opinion: U.S. needs sound policy on used nuclear fuel

03/4/2013 | Washington Times, The

A policy that ceased the reprocessing of used nuclear fuel in the U.S. should be replaced with one that acknowledges the merits of such a technique, writes Mel Buckner, a nuclear engineer and an adjunct professor in the University of South Carolina's nuclear program. There are more than 72,000 metric tons of used fuel stored on-site at the country's nuclear plants, which exceeds the figure the law permits to be kept in a single underground site. "So, unless there is a change in policy, we are going to need multiple repositories in this country to hold used fuel that already exists and used fuel that will be produced in the future," Buckner writes.

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