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Old 05-08-2010, 09:25 PM
 
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Why don't they just grind it up into extremely fine powder then maybe dissolve it in aqua regia. Then fill up a tanker with it and just put it in the ocean. It will be diluted so much it will not make any difference. The solution to pollution is dilution.
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Old 05-11-2010, 01:15 AM
 
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That sounds like the components of gulf war syndrome veterans. I prefer they put it back in the hole in the ground they dug it up out of, or use spent mines as storage facilities. Much more practical, and lives up to cradle to grave standards literally so as to avoid mishandling or liability.
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Old 05-11-2010, 10:13 AM
 
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The best way to handle nuclear waste is to reprocess it as the French do. This massively reduces the amount of waste. The entire country's waste (and remember that their electrical generation is 80% nuclear) fits in casks in the floor of one building about the size of an airplane hangar.

Reprocessing is difficult and expensive, but it extends the life of nuclear fuel and reduces waste. If we then build breeder reactors (a known and viable technology) we could then meet the entire US's energy needs solely with the nuclear waste now stored on the grounds of existing powerplants for the next 300 years. The uranium ore reserves in the earth's crust would then last us for 10,000+ years (80 years is the current projection in a burn-only cycle). This would also reduce nuclear waste quantities to very tiny amounts.

There also exist techniques to "destroy" radioactive waste by bombarding it with additional radiation until it is transmuted into a stable or fast-decaying isotope. Again, cost is the barrier, not technology.
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Old 05-13-2010, 06:47 PM
 
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Just put it in the ocean is getting a bit old doncha think? I'ld say dump it where the power is in in use. Build a mountain of the stuff right out side the heavy use areas.. And never allow rain run off to touch it.
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Old 06-28-2016, 12:06 AM
 
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The main objective in managing and disposing of radioactive (or other) waste is to protect people and the environment. This means isolating or diluting the waste so that the rate or concentration of any radionuclides returned to the biosphere is harmless. To achieve this, practically all wastes are contained and managed – some clearly need deep and permanent burial. From nuclear power generation, none is allowed to cause harmful pollution.
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Old 06-28-2016, 05:46 AM
 
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Why don't they just grind it up into extremely fine powder then maybe dissolve it in aqua regia. Then fill up a tanker with it and just put it in the ocean. It will be diluted so much it will not make any difference. The solution to pollution is dilution.
The Navy used to believe that. Learned the hard way that it doesn't work as advertised.
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Old 06-29-2016, 06:25 PM
 
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Ocean is pretty dumb place to dump it.


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