Scientists at the University of Nevada-Reno are working on a way to cut back radioactive waste from nuclear power plants.
The U-S Energy Department is giving UNR 2.7 million dollars to come up with a process to effectively recycle spent uranium fuel rods.
UNR researcher Carl Nesbitt says to do this….your put radioactive waste into an extremely hot salt mixture.
He says that produces a new form of nuclear fuel.
And, that eliminates the high risk of transporting spent fuels to expensive radioactive storage facilities...such as Yucca Mountain near Las Vegas.
“That’s a large amount of material with a very long lived radioactive half-life, and I know with Yucca mountain they were looking at several millions of years of having to store things in there…now what we’re going to be doing is separating and recovering all of those long-lived materials to re-burn in a new nuclear reactor…”
Researchers will use models and not radioactive materials during their experiments. The federal grant will be shared between the University of Nevada-Reno and the University of Idaho.