Thumbs down for nuke dump: time for rethink?


p2141richardbentleyOKThe decision last week by the NLC to withdraw from the court action to secure a home for our nuclear waste needs to be turned to advantage. While the NLC is hinting at an alternative and no doubt considering a steady income to the benefit of all their constituents could there be a better solution?
Research has been proceeding for some time in France and Texas to develop a Fusion reactor that among other things be used to destroy nuclear waste. As there are now 100’s of reactors around the world the problem of waste storage is growing. If Australia hosted one of these reactors we could all benefit from providing the waste disposal service and not just NLC by providing a storage service.
This is a hard call coming from a person who once rode his bicycle from Queensland to Melbourne protesting against Uranium mining. Today however I see the world as it is and think one nuclear reactor will not make much difference. It is often argued that Nuclear Power is too expensive. By having our own example we will know.
Global solutions are called for and just as through International agencies we seek a global agreement on limits to carbon pollution so too should we seek improved measures to manage nuclear waste. As we are the source of a significant proportion of nuclear fuel I think we have an obligation to manage, or better still destroy, the waste.



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