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Advanced Nuclear Fuel Cycles and Radioactive Waste Management

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This study analyses a range of advanced nuclear fuel cycle options from the perspective of their effect on radioactive waste management policies. It presents various fuel cycle options which illustrate differences between alternative technologies, but does not purport to cover all foreseeable future fuel cycles. The analysis extends the work carried out in previous studies, assesses the fuel cycles as a whole, including all radioactive waste generated at each step of the cycles, and covers high-level waste repository performance for the different fuel cycles considered.

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Fission Product Management Options

Nuclear Energy Agency

Fission products are the major constituents of high-level waste in the case of a closed fuel cycle, especially from a quantitative view point, since all actinides including minor actinides are recycled, leaving a very small amount of residual actinides in high-level waste.

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