Policy ForumNuclear Waste

Nuclear Waste: Knowledge Waste?

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Science  13 Aug 2010:
Vol. 329, Issue 5993, pp. 762-763
DOI: 10.1126/science.1193205

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Nuclear power is re-emerging as a major part of the energy portfolios of a wide variety of nations. With over 50 reactors being built around the world today and over 100 more planned to come online in the next decade, many observers are proclaiming a “nuclear renaissance” (1). The success of a nuclear revival is dependent upon addressing a well-known set of challenges, for example, plant safety (even in the light of improved reactor designs), costs and liabilities, terrorism at plants and in transport, weapons proliferation, and the successful siting of the plants themselves (2, 3).