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Developments in the field of recycling and transmutation of actinides are discussed. Three general strategies are discriminated: (i) an evolutionary strategy based on gradual implementation of partitioning and transmutation techniques in the fuel cycle; (ii) a radical strategy based on implementation of partitioning and transmutation in the fuel cycle, once all steps of this technology are proven; (iii) plutonium incineration, based on the conversion, with existing reactor types, of separated plutonium into a spent fuel form that is suited for direct storage.

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Authors: KONINGS R.J.M, JRC-Institute for Transuranium Elements, Karlsruhe (DE);KLOOSTERMAN J.L, Interfaculty Reactor Institute, Delft University of Technology, Delft (NL)
Bibliographic Reference: An oral report given at: E-MRS 2000 Symposium Materials Science with Ion Beams. Held at: Strasbourg, 29 May-2 June 2000
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