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How to Rid the World of the “Element from Hell”

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The vast majority of the radioactive plutonium on the planet is man-made—roughly 500 metric tons, or enough to make 100,000 nuclear weapons by the calculations of the International Panel on Fissile Materials. Much of it is the legacy of the nuclear arms race between the U.S. and Russia in the latter decades of the 20th [...]

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A need for new nukes? “Modular reactors” for energy attract interest

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The entire budget of the U.S. Department of Energy branch that covers today’s energy mix—from cleaning up energy generation’s environmental aftermath to energy efficiency programs and renewable energy development—is $10 billion. That’s enough to "either build one supercollider on the basic end or one nuclear power plant on the applied end," said Kristina Johnson, the [...]

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Photo Friday: Transporting Nuclear Waste

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The Transuranic Package Transporter (TRUPACT-II) is a specialized tractor-trailor used for radioactive waste. The design for the containers in this rig was originally approved by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission for use in 1989. In this photograph, the TRUPACT-II is shown entering the U.S. Department of Energy’s nuclear waste isolation pilot plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad, New [...]

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