Last night while thousands of activists including from Cumbria descended on London for the Extinction Rebellion protests, a small protest by two dedicated anti-nuclear activists took place outside the Beacon in Whitehaven. The protest in Cumbria was to mark the VIP Preview of a “Celebration” of the “Art of Reprocessing.” Reprocessing is the chemical separation (using vast quantities of hot nitric acid) of uranium and plutonium from irradiated (“spent”) reactor fuel. Reprocessing is the most dangerous and dirty phase of the nuclear fuel chain. It generates huge waste streams with no management solution and isolates plutonium, the fissile component of a nuclear weapon while releasing what is left of the uranium, supposedly for reuse but the industry much prefers freshly mined uranium. The spin is that this is “recycling” nuclear fuel. It is PR drivel.
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