Are Fast-Breeder Reactors a Nuclear Power Panacea?

Proponents of this nuclear technology argue that it can eliminate large stockpiles of nuclear waste and generate huge amounts of zero-carbon electricity. But as the battle over a major fast-breeder reactor in the UK intensifies, skeptics warn thatfast-breeders are neither safe nor cost-effective. READ MORE

 




The PRISM (Power Reactor Innovative Small Modular) reactor being developed by GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy would consume spent nuclear fuel to generate electricity. A design such as this one is now being considered at Sellafield in the UK, with proponents saying it is an effective and safe way to recycle nuclear waste and critics charging it would be unsafe and expensive. (Courtesy of GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy)



 
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