Spent nuclear fuel can be reprocessed into new fuel like this mixture of uranium and plutonium oxides, called MOX, shown here at AREVA’s MOX fabrication plant in France. One gram of MOX-recycled plutonium generates as much electricity as one ton of oil.Marjorie Mazel Hecht: There’s no such thing as nuclear waste! This nasty term was invented just to stop the development of civilian nuclear power.

The spent fuel from nuclear power plants is actually a precious resource: About 96% of it can be re-cycled into new nuclear fuel. No other fuel source can make this claim—wood, coal, oil, or gas.

Once these fuels are burned, all that’s left is some ash or airborne pollutant by-products, which nuclear energy does not produce. Les mer om temaet, og diskuter saken på FrittForum