Nuclear power key to energy policy

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Savannah River Site would be ideal for a pilot project for recycling used nuclear fuel as recently proposed by former U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici at the National Press Club.

The site has been thoroughly evaluated over the years through extensive environmental and ecological studies. Also, the site has extensive experience in handling large projects and a wealth of experience in processing nuclear materials. Also, the Savannah River National Laboratory has been involved in the development of advanced processes for recycling used nuclear fuel.

In the case of nuclear waste, the technology for disposal of radioactive waste is well-established, and the U.S. government needs to get on with the licensing and opening of a federal repository for disposal of the waste. Through the use of recycling technologies that have been designed to reduce the proliferation risk, it is possible to greatly reduce the quantity of nuclear waste and to reclaim 95 percent of the energy content that remains in the used nuclear fuel.

In addition, it is possible to reduce the proliferation risk of nuclear energy by providing fuel services to developing countries where more than 2 billion people live with little or no electricity.

World markets are highly favorable for nuclear energy growth -- there are more than 400 nuclear plants operating around the globe, producing 16 percent of the world's electricity. The nuclear renaissance emerging in the United States is well under way in other countries, with more than 40 nuclear plants under construction and many more being planned, particularly in Southeast Asia and Japan.

At one time, the United States led in the deployment of nuclear technology through the Atoms for Peace Program that was instituted by President Eisenhower, but now we have no clear energy policy. This must change.

Mel Buckner

North Augusta, S.C.

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SCEagle Eye
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SCEagle Eye 12/18/09 - 08:41 am
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Reprocessing of radioactive

Reprocessing of radioactive spent fuel at SRs would essentially mean that SRS would become the new Yucca Mountain, with vast amounts of various nuclear waste streams left behind. This is by no means "recycling" given how much unused waste results. Who in SC and GA besides those narrow special interests that would profit want SRS to be the nation's spent fuel dump????

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southernguy08 12/18/09 - 10:04 am
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We have the tech to mass
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We have the tech to mass produce hydrogen cars, creating a huge cut in the amount of oil we'd need to import. Funny, this administration promised so much "change." Anybody see or hear about anything tangible to address our energy needs beside windmills?

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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 12/18/09 - 12:01 pm
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Eagle Eye as well as the

Eagle Eye as well as the current administration remind me of a character by the name of Don Quixote!

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gaspringwater 12/18/09 - 01:08 pm
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Mr. Buckner you said world

Mr. Buckner you said world markets are highly favorable for nuclear energy growth and you cited Japan and Asia. You're advocating selling them nuclear paraphernalia and bring the waste they generate to America. We already have more nuclear waste than anybody wants but perhaps you've not noticed the that. Any state that's slow witted enough to get stuck with a recycling plant will have everybody's waste shipped to them and they'll become the de facto waste repository that you speak of. It's certainly time for the human race to search for a cleaner way to produce electricity instead of nuclear. President Obama has proposed to eliminate nuclear weapons and that's a good idea for nuclear plants too.

gaspringwater
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gaspringwater 12/18/09 - 01:08 pm
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Mr. Buckner you said world

Mr. Buckner you said world markets are highly favorable for nuclear energy growth and you cited Japan and Asia. You're advocating selling them nuclear paraphernalia and bring the waste they generate to America. We already have more nuclear waste than anybody wants but perhaps you've not noticed the that. Any state that's slow witted enough to get stuck with a recycling plant will have everybody's waste shipped to them and they'll become the de facto waste repository that you speak of. It's certainly time for the human race to search for a cleaner way to produce electricity instead of nuclear. President Obama has proposed to eliminate nuclear weapons and that's a good idea for nuclear plants too.

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 12/18/09 - 01:57 pm
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Says GASP as he pedals a

Says GASP as he pedals a bicycle to power his computer!

KSL
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KSL 12/18/09 - 09:19 pm
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Gasp, tell the French that!

Gasp, tell the French that! Good luck.

KSL
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KSL 12/18/09 - 09:21 pm
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CBBP, I'm enjoying that

CBBP, I'm enjoying that image. Or he could have hundreds of hamsters running in their little wheels.

KSL
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KSL 12/18/09 - 09:22 pm
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Then we have a pollution we

Then we have a pollution we need a solution to.

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