Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

LANL Kicks Off Nuke Waste Transmutation Project.

Byline: Jennifer McKee Journal Staff Writer

* Some scientists and activists, however, think this approach is not the answer

It sounds like a simple, almost ingenious idea: Take the nation's 30,000 tons of spent nuclear fuel. Bombard it with neutrons to eat up the nastiest stuff in the garbage heap. In the end, you're left with a small amount of highly radioactive, although short-lived, waste and a big pile of low-level radioactive garbage that can be safely buried in many landfills.

It's called the "transmutation of nuclear waste," literally transforming radioactive nuclear materials into other, less problematic forms. Supporters, like Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., say it just might take care of one the nation's most pressing nuclear problems: What to do with the radioactive leftovers of nuclear power. …

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