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Subject: Re: eer
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From: email@example.com (Richard Steven Walz)
Date: 29 Oct 2002 07:38:34 GMT
In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>,
>John Larkin jjlarkin@highSNIPlandTHIStechPLEASEnology.com
>>On 28 Oct 2002 00:50:58 GMT, email@example.com (StevJensen) wrote:
>>>I have a question on this.
>>>For a light water reactor the U for it gets dug out of the ground and then
>>>through a very intensive isotope separation process to concentrate it enough
>>>to be usable as fuel for the reactor. Using the fuel rods burns about 50% of
>>>the original isotope and leaves you with some fairly short lived by products,
>>>with the exception of some Pu and Th. Both these elements are emitted
>>>by coal fired generators, so if these are a problem then it seems that the
>>>scope of concern is way to limited.
>>>So, if you really want to get rid of it(which also seems questionable),
>>>why can't you mix the remainder back up with the original talus and put
>>>it back where you found it. Overall less radioactive than when you
>>Spent fuel rods contain a witches' brew of fission by-products, like
>>wildly radioactive iodine, strontium, cobalt, and lots of other
>>middle-of-the-periodic-table isotopes that aren't found in nature. You
>>don't want to leave this stuff lying around on the surface anywhere.
>As far as I know most of this stuff decays in days to years. Not the millions
>of years I seem to hear about. And if it does take millions of years is
>it really meaningful to call it radioactive in the first place. After all the
>hydrogen in water is supposed to have a half life (and thus be "radioactive").
Somebody should send you a CRC Handbook so you wouldn't talk such
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