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Memo to the Next President: America's Nuclear Waste and What to Do With It

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Publication Date: November 2008

Publisher(s): Progressive Policy Institute (U.S.)

Author(s): Bill Magwood; Mark Ribbing

Special Collection: Presidential Advisory

Topic: Energy (Nuclear power)
Environment (Radioactive and dangerous substances)

Keywords: Presidential transition; Radioactive waste; Nuclear energy

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States

Abstract:

A candid discussion is needed -- within the new administration and in the country as a whole -- about nuclear energy, a non-climate- changing power source that is actually capable of generating significant amounts of energy in the near term. The key to making nuclear energy a more viable alternative is the adoption of advanced spent-fuel recycling techniques to deal with one of nuclear power's most vexing problems -- the presence of radioactive waste material.