In the previous article, I discussed some of the developments that are taking place to make nuclear power safer, such that a major accident like those at Chernobyl and Fukushima are simply no longer possible.
But the other major issue nuclear opponents generally raise is what to do with the radioactive waste that is generated during the production of nuclear power.
I posed this question to Dr. Kathryn Huff, the Assistant Secretary at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Nuclear Energy.
Addressing Nuclear Waste
The good news is that the amount of waste generated is generally small. In fact, nuclear plants have simply stored the waste on site, but that isn’t a long-term solution to the problem.
A different approach is recycling nuclear waste to recover fissile and fertile materials for additional power production from nuclear power plants. Reprocessing nuclear waste allows for