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 Post subject: Re: Yucca Mountain
PostPosted: Jan 12, 2017 11:57 am 
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Wilson introduces new legislation to block DOE from constructing new facilities until Yucca Mountain decision

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U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., introduced new legislation Wednesday that intends to block any new defense nuclear waste disposal facilities while the fate of Yucca Mountain in Nevada remains uncertain, all while emphasizing the need for a pathway out of South Carolina for high-level nuclear waste. The legislation is called the Sensible Nuclear Waste Disposition Act. Yucca Mountain was approved as the U.S. site for high-level nuclear waste in 2002 and was under development until 2010. Funding was cut by an amendment to a Department of Defense appropriations bill, shuttering the project.


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 Post subject: Re: Yucca Mountain
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Rather than any banning, Yucca should be treated as an interim central storage pending a closed cycle implementation. This will send a right signal to other nuclear users.
IAEA should encourage centralised reprocessing from many customers by people/countries who want to do it. Transuranics should be recovered combined to enable re-use in power production but not weapons. Russia or china may take it up.
Recovered transuranics should be used for Uranium or Thorium breeders rather than wasteful MOX for LWRs.


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 Post subject: Re: Yucca Mountain
PostPosted: Jan 14, 2017 9:35 pm 
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Jagdish:
A licence app has been submitted for such a facility in Texas.
Consolidated Interim Storage Facitity: https://neutronbytes.com/2016/05/01/tex ... lear-fuel/

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 Post subject: Re: Yucca Mountain
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Private Fuel Storage had a licenced facility in Utah, but the US Department of Interior blocked access. So the facility was never built. See http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/wr_ca ... 01131.html . It took over 8 years to get the licence to use an already approved dry storage technology.

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 Post subject: Re: Yucca Mountain
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It confirms the value of Yucca as an interim central storage. I hope your NRC also sees it as such.
It is logical to partition the used fuel into
a. Cladding and structurals. The Zirconium metal could be recycled after heat treatment.
b. Recovered uranium.
c. Transuranics. Re-use as fissile feed. Preferably in uranium or thorium breeders.
d. Fission products. These could be accommodated in deep boreholes.


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 Post subject: Re: Yucca Mountain
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States press Trump to open Yucca Mountain for nuclear waste


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 Post subject: Re: Yucca Mountain
PostPosted: Jan 20, 2017 9:28 am 
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jagdish wrote:
It confirms the value of Yucca as an interim central storage.


Yucca is not and never will be "interim" storage. It is permanent geological disposal. If spent nuclear fuel goes to Yucca it is unlikely it will ever come out. This is why I believe that interim storage in West Texas is a vastly better option and will be much easier to license and approve. You don't have to figure out what will happen to that waste over the next 10,000 years at an interim storage site. It pretty much only needs to be as safe as all the parking lots at nuclear plants across the country where dry casks are presently being stored. If Rick Perry can get interim storage opened up he will have accomplished more as Energy Secretary than all his predecessors.


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 Post subject: Re: Yucca Mountain
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Kirk Sorensen wrote:
If Rick Perry can get interim storage opened up he will have accomplished more as Energy Secretary than all his predecessors.
Abso-bloody-lutely!

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 Post subject: Re: Yucca Mountain
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Nuclear power in the US and other bigger users calls for a closed cycle including processing and supporting storage of used fuel. The recovered output should be used to fuel uranium or thorium breeders. Russians seem to be the pioneers. They have working fast reactors for power.


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Push to revive Yucca Mountain Project would be waste, Cortez Masto tells Las Vegas group


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 Post subject: Re: Yucca Mountain
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That is an individual opinion.
Some reactors have been completed decades after the work was halted. Completion of Yucca could be a useful salvage of expense already incurred.


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 Post subject: Re: Yucca Mountain
PostPosted: Feb 27, 2017 8:37 am 
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Yesterday's expenses have no bearing on what you spend today. If you can build a replacement to Yucca for a million, or fix Yucca for ten million, why would you fix Yucca? Just because you've already spent a billion?


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Texas sues feds — including Rick Perry — for failing to license nuclear waste facility


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 Post subject: Re: Yucca Mountain
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White House proposes reviving Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site

$120M proposed to restart work on Yucca Mountain.

So.... Obama's "Blue Ribbon Commission" and eight years of inaction...all a total waste.


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