@kravietz My dad worked nuclear for 20+ years and was a big advocate. I was too growing up in a TVA family, but one of the very big concerns is waste. It's not as inert as people say, and it's encased in a half meter of concrete and most is still stored on site. Yucca Mtn will never likely never open. Waste will last tens of thousands of years. Look up "This is Not a Place of Honor" to learn about dealing with long term storage.
"Radioactive waste" is a very broad term and... often manipulated.
Being a fan of renewable energy I recently found out that mining of rare earth metals - used in manufacturing of solar panels, batteries and wind turbines - produces waste that radioactive due to thorium and radium content. Same goes for coal ash. And they are produced in millions of tons per month (!), while nuclear reactors worldwide produce maybe 10'000 tons per year in total.
So what we're really concerned about is high-level waste so stuff that was actually inside the reactor. Again, I have just recently discovered that 95% of that is recycled back into nuclear fuel (so called MOX).
This movie from La Hague reprocessing plant (France) goes into great detail on how it works https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0UJSlKIy8g
So the remaining amounts are absolutely tiny, especially if you compare with other sources of energy.
So this is for example the whole amount of HLW produced by nuclear plants in Switzerland over the last few decades - it's just sitting there in these flasks and there's a guy walking around.
Also the radiotoxicity of the HLW goes down much faster than you could think because whatever activists are talking about, they'd always highlight the isotope with the longest half-time even if it's present at microscopic amounts.
Again, in reality only after 10 years the radiotoxicity of HLW is reduced to 30% of the original value! In 100 years it's 7% etc and it then goes asymptotically down to the background levels.
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