Topic 2: Introduction to Nuclear Energy – Step 31

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Critical Thinking: Reprocessing or Long-Term Disposal?

What are the advantages & disadvantages of each?

Currently the only “solutions” to the problem of spent nuclear fuel are reprocessing and long-term disposal. In order to begin developing your solutions to the problem, it’s helpful to understand the advantages and disadvantages of current techniques.

Here are two sources to help start your inquiry:

What is nuclear reprocessing?

Cumbria’s nuclear waste disposal dilemma

  1. Read the article on reprocessing and watch the video on waste disposal.
  2. Search for other sources of information that would be useful for you.
  3. As you go, list the advantages and disadvantages of each technique.
  4. Start a Hangout and discuss with your team.

Start a Hangout!