ALTERNATIVE USES FOR NUCLEAR WASTE
Burying highly radioactive nuclear waste (i.e. spent fuel) is a bad idea!
Advancements in science and technology are demonstrating there are better ways to handle highly radioactive nuclear waste rather than undertaking an expensive and toxic mining project, filling it with waste and eventually decommissioning this mine only to abandon it to future generations.
This DGR is simply not needed.
The NWMO knows there are better options coming for dealing with nuclear waste. As an organization they are too focused on old outdated concepts. Burying their problems is no longer an option. They need to show more innovation!
See articles below highlighting better alternatives.
ALTERNATIVE USES FOR HIGHLY RADIOACTIVE SPENT FUEL NUCLEAR WASTE
The NWMO knows there are better options coming for dealing with nuclear waste. As an organization they are too focused on old outdated concepts.
Burying their problem is not an acceptable option. NWMO needs to show more innovation! They have billions to spend and their best solution is to bury this waste? Really?!?!
They can do better and we need to demand it from them.
September 23, 2020 - Researchers are developing a new battery powered by lab-grown gems made from reformed nuclear waste.
August 31, 2020 - Unlike the batteries in most modern electronics, which generate electricity from chemical reactions, the Bristol battery collects particles spit out by radioactive diamonds that can be made from reformed nuclear waste.
Nov 16, 2018 World Economic Forum - Excerpt: Transmutation of nuclear waste: the ADS process has been proven to transmute long-term nuclear waste, harmful for 240,000 years or more, into short-term radioactivity waste of less than 500 years toxicity. The technology would solve the intractable problem of very long-term radioactive waste storage.
Feb 20, 2020 - A California-based start-up’s plans to develop a power plant that can turn nuclear waste into energy just took a big step closer to reality.
April 24, 2020 press release announcing a joint effort by Canada & the UK to recycle nuclear waste - "we have discovered a clean, safe and economical way to recycle what some consider waste into a fuel for our Stable Salt Reactor to create more clean energy and significantly reduce the amount of long-lived radio-nuclides."
May 13, 2020 - United-Kingdom/Canada-based Moltex Energy has begun the latest phase in its drive to develop its waste burner Stable Salt Reactor (SSR) after an agreement with Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) in April.
May 14, 2020 – Moltex Energy is pleased to have been selected to receive $3.5 million to advance its Stable Salt Reactor – Wasteburner (SSR-W) technology. The funds are being awarded by the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), an agency within the United States Department of Energy (US DOE).
From Moltex Energy - a Canadian company.
Many countries have stockpiles of nuclear waste from their current plants; waste which will need storing carefully for 300,000 years. That’s as long as it has taken modern humans to evolve. We can burn this nuclear waste in our reactors, reducing the hazardous lifetime a THOUSANDFOLD.
Advanced Fuel CANDU Reactors can be fuelled by reusing the spent fuel from the current generation of reactors.
Next generation reactors will have the ability to reuse spent fuel waste. See schematic on page 11 of the report.
Right now, new reactors are in development that produce even more energy than the traditional nuclear power plant and are much safer to boot.
And it’s all thanks to a little thing called thorium.
Thorium reactors will be more efficient and far safer than today’s uranium nuclear reactors.
Thorium reactor designs by the Canada Deuterium Uranium (CANDU) have gone so far as to pair thorium with reprocessed uranium from traditional nuclear reactors.
Essentially, Canada has found a way to repurpose the world’s current stockpiles of nuclear waste for use in a process that not only uses much of that waste as fuel but also leaves it cleaner!
Science Daily May 4, 2020 - "In addition to addressing the fuel recycling problem and reducing proliferation risk, our strategy will drastically reduce nuclear waste to just the fission products whose radioactivity is hundreds rather than hundreds of thousands of years."
World Economic Forum November 16, 2018 - If not for long-term radioactive waste, then nuclear power would be the ultimate “green” energy.
From the company's website - Liquid Flouride Thorium Reactor (LFTR) will be the most efficient energy source ever developed. A fission reaction releases millions of times more energy than a chemical reaction, and a liquid fueled reactor can take full advantage of this efficiency. Solid-fueled reactors utilize less than one percent of their fissile material, discarding the rest as nuclear waste. A liquid-fueled reactor can consume nearly one hundred percent of the fissile material, almost eliminating long-lived radioactive waste and increasing fuel efficiency. An individual’s lifetime energy consumption could be supplied, through a LFTR, by a piece of thorium the size of a golf ball.
Government of Canada