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New Recycling Technique Enables Spent Nuclear Fuel Rods to be Used Again

Oilprice.com -- The main reason why so little of the uranium is used in the fuel rod is that most nuclear plants use light-water reactors (LWR) which are relatively safe and cheap, but very inefficient at using all the available energy in the fuel rod.

Scientists at the US Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory think they have found a way to access the remaining 95% of the uranium in the fuel rod. Their technique could produce hundreds to thousands of years worth of carbon free energy just by reusing the uranium that has already been mined, and is currently considered ‘spent’.


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Submitted Jun 28, 2012 By: NOTSOGRN
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Jun 30, 2012 11:01:03 PM

gnus: when has the white man ever kept a promise given to the Native Americans?
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Gnusman53
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Message Posted: Jun 30, 2012 8:43:15 AM

The native americans impacted by the drive to find uranium (they got the toxic wasteland to prove it) might be happy that recycling is a new option..... Now if the businesses that created the toxic mess would clean up their "gift" to the tribes...
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Message Posted: Jun 30, 2012 6:26:34 AM

if only considering recycling for higher profits, right gnu?
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Nice to see someone is considering recycling......finally...
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Thank you for posting.
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Message Posted: Jun 29, 2012 4:56:47 AM

recycled article?
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Message Posted: Jun 29, 2012 4:17:47 AM

Sure Nuclear power is cheap. But nuclear power is also quite hazardous. We certainly do not to experience another Three Mile Island meltdown.
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We will see.
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Don't blow anything up :).
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just do it ...who doesn't want cheaper rates, raise their hand
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2012 11:10:24 PM

That sounds like this article.
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do it
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Repeal Obamacare Now!
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tremendous initiative...
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Old News
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Good!
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2012 11:02:48 PM

That explains people I know who glow in the dark ... ;-)
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2012 11:02:20 PM

ok
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ok
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2012 10:59:48 PM

Well they must have been wrong as it was not all spent.
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2012 10:57:16 PM

So no nuclear cars for the moment...?
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2012 10:57:11 PM

sounds like a good idea....
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2012 10:56:08 PM

As long as it is safe, great.
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2012 10:54:15 PM

Ok
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Good
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2012 10:54:10 PM

Same article was posted here a week ago
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2012 10:54:08 PM

Good.
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Carbon free electricity to charge your car.
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Build them nukes. Get them producing.

Lower electricity rates.

Eschew the Luddites.
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good
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Go nuclear!
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Always sound good, but is it really?
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2012 10:37:14 PM

The technology for recycling fuel rods has been around for a while, we just don't have access to it because of our Cold War Nuke treaties with Russia.
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2012 10:32:18 PM

This absolutely makes sense! Positive news is a nice for a change.
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Old
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good for IRAN
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aboutime we found some good research
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There are plenty of sources for Alternative Energy
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Does this make nuclear power green?
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ok
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Good Idea...
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Let's hope so!
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old news
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2012 10:10:33 PM

good news
didn't we see this earlier this week???
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I replied to this article yesterday!
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2012 10:09:05 PM

Waste.
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2012 10:06:19 PM

Why replace something that still has life left with something new, when we can reuse what we already have?
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See if it can work.
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good
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good deal
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