Nuclear Spectre Raises Its Ugly Head Again
The bias in this headline is my own but I'm sure there are many who agree with it. Canada has been invited to join the United States, Russia, China, Japan and France in the controversial Global Nuclear Energy Partnership whose primary mandate is to promote more nuclear power globally. The government is now reviewing the possibility and will make a decision soon. There are three primary components of the partnership. One is to push for the development of "fast-cycle reactors"; another is to reduce the chances of the development of nuclear weapons; and a third is to provide "secure" disposal of nuclear waste.
1. As I understand it, fast-cycle reactors, whatever they are, would theoretically produce less nuclear waste. But they have not yet been proven to be viable and their safety qualifications are realtively unknown.
2. I fail to see how a more extensive global development and use of nuclear power would reduce the chances of nuclear weapons. If anything, I think it would increase them.
3. Is there really any "secure" disposal of nuclear waste? I don't think so. No matter where you put it and how you store it, it will always be a potential source of disaster.