Nuclear Waste into Glass Now Possible
A start-up nuclear waste remediation company proposes to turn nuclear waste into glass. But will it destroy the environment in the process?
Kurion, a start-up nuclear waste remediation company, is proposing to turn nuclear waste into glass using vitrification, which will make the radioactive waste easier to handle. Kurion has not yet revealed the details of their vitrification process which will encapsulate radioactive nuclear waste in glass rods so it will be easier to store and will not leak into the environment.
Although reprocessing nuclear waste is not a new idea, Kurion hopes to interest the federal government in using their technology to deal with the legacy of nuclear waste that has curtailed the growth of the nuclear power industry.
To implement the process, Kurion will have to find a partner willing to build new modular nuclear reactors -- which can cost billions of dollars -- and must hold public hearings and pass all federal regulatory measures necessary to implement such projects.
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John Raymont, the CEO of Kurion, was the former CEO of Nukem, which provided nuclear waste management for 25 years before being acquired by EnergySolutions in 2007. On the advisory board is Patrick Moore, a founding member of Greenpeace, and Christin Todd Whitman, the environmentally active former governor of New Jersey.