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Nuclear energy has been around for decades, but its safety and the safety of its radioactive waste have always been a political nightmare. Still, some researchers have been redesigning nuclear reactors to make them safer in many ways, but these newer designs have yet to be scaled up and used commercially. Maybe someday nuclear technology will be ubiquitous, but it'll likely take a long time before anyone is willing to embrace fission/fusion energy that doesn't come from the Sun. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.
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    anony mouse, 21 May 2013 @ 4:01am

    Under capitalized nuclear power plants will likely never get cleaned up.

    My folks help develop the U235 gaseous diffusion isolation method, their work was ignited over Hiroshima. In the last few decades, I've had cause to observe another fuel cycle: coal. A lesson I can draw from the behaviour of that energy sector is that , more often then not, private bads are left to become public bads. The willful shell gaming common to coal production and combustion is a model for other undercapitalized, short-term-win/long-term-loss energy producers. From what I have seen, I expect "small modular nuclear reactors" will also become orphaned in their dotage, buried under generations of transient owners. The money will be made in the production and sale of the reactor, and it's operating life, say 1E2 years, to be generous. The waste products need attention for 1E4 years, at least. That is a very very long time to spend money without revenue, and you can bank on folks dumping those burdens on the public. Regardless of the other pro/con arguements about nuclear energy, small modular reactors are a bad idea that will cost the public a lot more they they earn.

    p.s., Re: Thorium- http://phys.org/news/2012-12-thorium-proliferation-nuclear-wonder-fuel.html

    ppss-The gaseous diffusions production sites (Paducah, Oak Ridge) haven't yet been cleaned up- and they've been obsolete since the 1960's.

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