French nuclear reprocessing-Failure at home, Coup d'etat in the USA
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From the publication:
FRENCH NUCLEAR REPROCESSING – FAILURE AT HOME, COUP d’ETAT IN THE UNITED STATES Shaun Burnie May 2007 If the state-funded corporations AREVA/Cogema and Electricite de France (EDF) were to be believed France is basking in a nuclear powered paradise with none of the nuclear waste problems confronting nations such as the United States. Their chosen "solution" to managing nuclear reactor spent fuel is reprocessing. But far from solving their problem - they have created one of the worlds largest and most complex nuclear waste problems, the management of which they continue to struggle with, and for which unknown and unallocated billions of Euros will be required. French policy on reprocessing is a legacy of decisions taken during the 1950s-1970s. Those decisions were based upon in the first instance a need for a plutonium stockpile for nuclear weapons development, and later the expected demand that large amounts of the nuclear material would be required to fuel a generation of Fast Breeder Reactors. In 2007, France no longer produces plutonium for military use, and its only commercial Fast Breeder Reactor has been closed ten years (1997) - but reprocessing continues. This analysis summarizes the current state of French policy and its consequences.
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