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The Safety of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle - Third Edition

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The procurement and preparation of fuel for nuclear power reactors, followed by its recovery, processing and management subsequent to reactor discharge, are frequently referred to as the nuclear fuel cycle. The facilities associated with these activities have an extensive and well-documented safety record accumulated over the past 50 years by technical experts and safety authorities. This third edition of The Safety of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle presents an up-to-date analysis of the safety aspects of the nuclear fuel cycle.

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Main Conclusions

Nuclear Energy Agency

The decade since the previous edition of this report (last issued in 1993) has been a period of relative stability, with no important increase in the number of nuclear power plants. The main reason is the past overestimation of needs, which led to general overcapacity. Political considerations based on public acceptance problems have certainly also been an aggravating factor.

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