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Some Background on Used Fuel Issues

In trying to understand the tangled issues of a national fuel repository, I have been reviewing how we got here. Specifically, how did we, as a nation, come to be stockpiling used fuel? And how, exactly, did the decision to stockpile the fuel instead of recycle it relieve non-proliferation fears?

FRONTLINE has provided links to two essays: one in favor of the 1977 decision to delay/cancel nuclear fuel reprocessing and one opposed. While these resources do not make for light reading, they are very informative, and paint a picture of the reprocessing decision in light of the political landscape of the times.

The show that is associated with these essays was first aired in 1997. When you're finished with the essays, the reactions to the show are much easier to digest. I was delighted by Frank R. Borger's email regarding radiation exposure from coal stations (with a link to the appropriate reference)!

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Eric McErlain said…
Although other countries currently reprocess used fuel, the industry currently maintains that here in the U.S. it simply isn't cost-effective.

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