FORMATION AND RECYCLING OF MINOR ACTINIDES IN NUCLEAR POWER STATIONS
Transuranium elements are produced on the ton scale as a by-product of nuclear energy generation. They have become a target of environmentalists. Because of their long-lived radioactivity they are a hazard to future generations even after thousands of years. For plutonium the recycling and consequently its transformation into less hazardous fission products is well established. For the minor occurring actinides such as neptunium, americium and curium a feedback into existing fast breeder reactors seems possible. These actinides can also be transmuted into fission products and produce far more energy than the process consumes. The formation of minor actinides in the different reactors, the incentives for recycling them and the technical implications are discussed in the present chapter.
Bibliographic Reference: HANDBOOK ON THE PHYSICS AND CHEMISTRY OF THE ACTINIDES, VOL. 4, CHAPTER 9, 1986, PP. 457-490, PUBLISHED BY NORTH-HOLLAND, AMSTERDAM (THE NETHERLANDS)
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