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Resolving the Spent Fuel Issue for New Nuclear Power Plants


Fred Bosselman


Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law (Deceased)

2008

35 Ecology Law Currents 13 (2008)
Chicago-Kent College of Law Research Paper

Abstract:     
Properly designed spent fuel pools plus dry cask storage will deal safely with the waste disposal needs of new nuclear power plants for another 50 to 100 years. Our obligation to future generations is not to pretend that burying spent fuel will make it disappear. We should keep this potentially valuable material in safe storage because our descendants may find new uses for it. Nuclear energy was not invented by mad scientists bent on world destruction. In fact, radioactive elements in the rocks of the earth maintain the warmth of the earth's interior, keep the tectonic plates in motion and drive a variety of other natural processes. The fact that nuclear energy can cause harm should not cause us to shun it any more than lightning should cause us to shun electricity.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 4

Keywords: energy, nuclear energy, spend fuel, nuclear power plants, ecology

JEL Classification: K10, K32

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Date posted: July 18, 2013  

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Bosselman, Fred, Resolving the Spent Fuel Issue for New Nuclear Power Plants (2008). 35 Ecology Law Currents 13 (2008); Chicago-Kent College of Law Research Paper. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1625886

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Fred Bosselman (Contact Author)
Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law (Deceased)
565 W. Adams St.
Chicago, IL 60661-3691
United States

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