Nuclear waste-burning reactor moves a step closer to reality

Guardian UK 9 July 2012.

A plan to burn Britain’s radioactive nuclear waste as fuel in a next-generation reactor moved a step closer to reality on Monday when GE-Hitachi [” title=”] submitted a thousand-page feasibility report to the UK’s Nuclear Decommissioning Authority [” title=”] (NDA).

The UK has a large stockpile ? around 100 tonnes ? of plutonium waste. This is considered a security risk and the government is considering options for its disposal. The current “preferred option” is to convert the plutonium into mixed-oxide fuel (Mox) for use in conventional nuclear reactors. ..