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Report: Korea and US to Conduct Joint Study on Nuclear Fuel Reprocessing

Updated: 2011-04-18 12:00:00 (KST)
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Report: Korea and US to Conduct Joint Study on Nuclear Fuel Reprocessing

Korea and the US have reportedly agreed to conduct a joint study on safe ways to store spent nuclear fuel, including pyroprocessing.
The decision comes from the officials' meeting held in New Mexico last week where the two nations concurred that a long-term, safe and sustainable storage system is necessary to cope with the growing amount of spent fuel.
Seoul and Washington are set to carry out two years of preliminary research on fuel storage that is economically viable and does not hinder the world's non-proliferation efforts till 2012.
The project seems well-deserved as Korea currently has 10,000 tons of highly radioactive waste held in temporary storage areas expected to reach full capacity around 2016.
Pyroprocessing, an electrorefining technique, stores processed plutonium with other elements making it difficult to develop nuclear weapons from plutonium used.


Reporter : yjkim@arirang.co.kr

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