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At present, an excess of plutonium exists worldwide, due to reprocessing of spent commercial light water reactor (LWR) fuel and to Pu arising from dismantling of nuclear warheads, while the construction of fast reactors is delayed. The decision of how to store or how to recycle Pu is mainly a matter of politics. In the present paper, the materials science aspects of 3 options are discussed: going mixed Pu/U oxide (MOX), alternative fuels, or vitrification. Work in the materials research of these 3 fields has been performed at the European Institute for Transuranium Elements for more than 2 decades and is discussed.

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Authors: MATZKE H J, JRC Karlsruhe (DE);VAN GEEL J, JRC Karlsruhe (DE)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: International Waste Management Conference (WM '96), Tucson (US), February 25-29, 1996
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 39597 ORA
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