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This paper reviews the viability and implications of the use of partitioning and transmutation of actinides. During the last meeting of the OECD/NEA and the CEC, the state of the art was evaluated, with the following conclusions: (i) partitioning and transmutation of by-product actinides is considered feasible, although a very large research development and demonstration effort over a few decades would be required; (ii) the implementation would involve considerable modification of the fuel cycles; (iii) the effort required appears appreciably less severe in an advanced fuel cycle (e.g. the FBR fuel cycle); (iv) on the basis of the existing ICRP figures, the reduction in the long-term potential hazard of radioactive waste appears to be marginal.

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Authors: KOCH L, JRC Karlsruhe (DE)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: IAEA Advisory Group Meeting, Vienna (AT), Oct. 21-24, 1991
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 36601 ORA
Record Number: 199210237 / Last updated on: 1994-12-02
Original language: en
Available languages: en