Particle accelerators could make spent nuclear fuel 200x safer

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    Particle accelerators could make spent nuclear fuel 200x safer

    Particle accelerators could make spent nuclear fuel 200x safer | DVICE

    Technological innovation could make nuclear more popular!
     
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    Yeah a few hundred billion to make the prototype.
    I am sure that the nuclear industry will fund this effort with no taxpayer dollars.
     
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    If we can do as this article says; there's quite a few advantages to nuclear. Reliable no matter the weather or place. Solar and wind can be used too.
     
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    Uncle Ferd would like to put one of `em on his pick-em' up truck to make it go faster...

    New Research Could Lead to Particle Accelerator on a Chip
    September 30, 2013 ~ Scientists from Stanford University and the U.S. Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory say they’ve developed an innovation that could lead to particle accelerators the size of a computer chip, a development that could have far-reaching implications for science and medicine.
     
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    why not convert the waste to helium using cold fusion?
     
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    There's no such thing as cold fusion.:eusa_whistle:
     
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    Whoever wrote this article is sadly under-informed. There currently exists a repository for spent nuclear fuel in New Mexico, at a facility called WIPP. It has more than enough space for all the fuel we have accumulated and will produce for thousands of years, and it is for all practical purposes, secure and safe enough to last forever (couple hundred thousand years at least). It is a huge underground salt deposit, which has been carved out to create underground storage areas. And unlike in Nevada, the locals are keen to have it used to store spent fuel.

    Furthermore funding is not a problem, since the utilities who produce nuclear power have been collecting and paying a surcharge for a federal storage repository for decades, and the money is just sitting there. It was initially used to prepare Yucca Mountain, which has since been abandoned.

    There will be a lot of political bullshit when Congress finally tackles the details. The spent fuel is currently stored right at the nuclear power plants and will have to be transported to WIPP (imagine protesters lying down on the road to prevent passage of the fuel-bearing casks), but this is one problem (what to do with spent fuel, aka "Nuclear Waste") that has already been solved.

    Carry on.
     

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