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Subject: Waste from a nuclear reactor?

Date: Mon Jan 26 10:03:20 2004
Posted by Paul
Grade level: 10-12 School: Ifield Community College
City: Crawley State/Province: Sussex Country: England
Area of science: Physics
ID: 1075133000.Ph

When uranium is hit by a neutron in the reactor, it splits into different
things, some of which are radioactive, right?

Well surely to get rid of the problem of having radioactive waste they could
just carry on firing neutrons at these radioactive elements untill they split
into elements that are stable, would this work? and is there a reason why we
aren't doing it now?

also, approximately how much waste is produced by the average nuclear power
plant each month?

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