Post by QuarkingMad on May 1, 2012 10:26:30 GMT 9.5
The waste from Lucas Heights research reactor is coming back to Australia after processing in France. ANSTO has applied to construct a specially built warehouse to store the waste removed of Uranium and Plutonium on site. Dose to a person standing outside warehouse 24/7, 365 days is the same as a trip to Europe via plane. The amount of waste is 13m3, or approx 1/3 of a shipping container for 50 years of waste.
It's coming back in a specially built cask that can withstand the most brutal of punishment.
Along with this ANSTO has release a very user friendly website to explain what the waste is, why we are importing/exporting it, and how safe it will be back at Lucas Heights.
Fission products of uranium or thorium are indeed a waste. so are handling materials rendered radioactive. All actinides can be burnt in fast reactors. We must use recycling of actinides to reduce the waste to smallest quantity possible.