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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Reed nuke reactor license renewed for 20 years

The official document from the federal nuclear lapdogs regulators is here. The Reed College facility, which is housed adjacent to the school's psychology department, is already 43 years old.

Meanwhile, the federal Energy Department -- the country's biggest promoter of all things radioactive -- has awarded a $1.1 million grant to Oregon State University to keep tinkering with nuclear power down in Corvallis. Oregon State is working on making nuclear power safer, although probably nobody will ever figure out what to do with nuclear waste. The last commercial nuclear plants built in the United States came on line in the late 1970's.

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Traveling wave reactors like this one may run on our current waste someday. There's a lot of energy there still. I think that's part of the reason why the "waste" is often set aside for later instead of rendered more safe/inaccessible.

A total fantasy. And there will still be lots of unusable waste at the end. But you keep dreaming.

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