I am pro nuclear; what I am against is the dangerous way in which the fuel and waste are handled.
Originally Posted by N2EY
I am also against private industry using it to generate eletricity because of the temptation to cut corners in the name of profit. Given this country's tendenacy to employ people in government who worked for the industries they are regulating this conflict of interest shouldn't be tolerated.
Just like the FDA the DOE suffers from the same contamination and we all suffer because of it.
You lower the fuel to cooling water ratio by using more cooling water and less waste per unit of volume. You don't have to break down the spent fuel rods to do this you just store a whole lot less in the same pond.
One alternative that has been largely ignored for decades is the use of thorium as fuel; thorium reactors produce less heat output however they do it over a much longer time period they are safer and waste disposal is less complex.
There are problems with every means of generating electricity, every one of them in some way shape or form is harmful to the environment, but then again so are volcanoes and earthquakes.
There are no perfect systems and while coal burning for decades put mercury into the environment that mercury was in the environment to begin with. Now we can filter it out along with just about every other combustion product to levels far below what was acceptable decades ago......
Unfortunately we have an administration who is hostile towards generating power economically in the US.