Smarter Use of Nuclear Waste

This article was written by William H. Hannum, Gereald E. Marsh and George S. Stanford and appeared in the Scientific American December 2005.

The article explains how, "if developed sensibly, nuclear power could be truly sustainable and essentially inexhaustible and could operate without contributing to climate change."

It goes on to explain how "fast-neutron reactors could extract much more energy from recycled nuclear fuel, minimize the risks of weapons proliferation and markedly reduce the time nuclear waste must be isolated."

William H. Hannum, Gerald E. Marsh and George S. Stanford are physicians who worked on fast-reactor development before retiring from the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory.  Hannum served as head of nuclear physics develpment and reactor safety research at the DOE. Stanford, whose research focused on experimental nuclear physics, reactor physics and fast-reactor safety is co-author of Nuclear Shadowboxing: Contemporty Threats from Cold War Weaponry.  Marsh worked as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Defense on strategic nuclear techhnology and policy in the Reagan, Bush, and Clinton administrations.

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