[ RadSafe ] Repository versus disposal facility
hotgreenchile at gmail.com
Thu Mar 7 14:03:49 CST 2013
The answer is that there is no profit to be made in reprocessing because of
the relative abundance and low cost of uranium reserves and resources
driving a once-through "fuel-cycle", if it can truly be called a "cycle".
And there are several reasons that it is easier and cheaper to make new
That said, the actual cost for the nuclear fuel for a reactor is not a
primary driving factor. Comparing the fuel cost with virtually any other
form of energy production e.f. coal, gas, etc. it's really pretty cheap.
Given that, additional costs for reprocessing & MOX fuel are
probably acceptable in the grand scheme of things, but there has to be an
incentive for a company to go that route.
Dan W McCarn, Geologist
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On Thu, Mar 7, 2013 at 12:45 PM, Stroud - CDPHE, Ed
<ed.stroud at state.co.us>wrote:
> The simple answer is profit. That is, with uranium prices where they are,
> it's simply cheaper to make new fuel instead of reprocessing. In Colorado,
> there's a new uranium extraction mill in the planning stages.
> Ed Stroud, Compliance Lead
> Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
> On Thu, Mar 7, 2013 at 12:12 PM, Miller, Mark L <mmiller at sandia.gov>
> > .....Same problem with calling Yucca Mtn a "disposal facility" rather
> > a "repository".
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Ted de Castro [mailto:tdc at xrayted.com]
> > Sent: Wednesday, March 06, 2013 7:50 PM
> > To: The International Radiation Protection (Health Physics) Mailing List
> > Subject: Re: [ RadSafe ] Teller and Climate change
> > I guess its our own fault for calling it "REPROCESSING" instead of
> > "RECYCLING" - in which case instead of being prohibited - it would be
> > required!
> > On 3/6/2013 6:16 PM, Jerry Cohen wrote:
> > > It has been over 30 years ago that president Carter established the
> > > "no reprocessing" policy.
> > > Can anyone explain how, over this span on time, such an obviously
> > > stupid policy has not been rescinded.
> > > Jerry Cohen
> > >
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