The technical aspects of the nuclear power, the nuclear fuel cycle, and nonproliferation. Current topics include the nuclear fuel cycle, uranium mining and enrichment, nuclear reactor safety, spent fuel and nuclear waste.
Uranium Mining and Enrichment
As the first two phases of the nuclear fuel cycle, uranium mining and enrichment play a vital role in nuclear energy production. The documents in this collection explore the technical aspects of uranium mining & enrichment, from both pro and con perspectives.
Spent Fuel & Waste
Probably the most vexing problem with nuclear energy is how to deal with the environmental and proliferation dangers inherent in spent fuel and nuclear waste. The reports in this collection examine this problem and possible solutions from a variety of angles.
Nuclear Fuel Cycle
The nuclear fuel cycle -- the process by which raw uranium is converted into fuel for nuclear power plants, and the spent fuel is either recycled or disposed of -- is where the issues of nuclear energy production and nuclear weapons proliferation converge. The documents in this collection provide technical information about the nuclear fuel cycle.
Nuclear Reactor Safety
Proponents of nuclear energy argue that advances in technology have made the chance of another Chernobyl-style nuclear accident so low as to be negligible. Opponents, however, contend that a significant risk remains. The documents in this collection assess nuclear reactor safety from both sides of the argument.