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Tweets and Pictures by Madi Hilly on Nuclear Power and Minimal Nuclear Wast

by Larry Chiang on July 22, 2022

Myths and reality of nuclear power
Madi Hilly
MYTH: We don’t have a solution to nuclear’s “waste problem”

REALITY: Nuclear waste isn’t a problem. In fact, it’s the best solution we have to meeting our energy needs while protecting the natural environment!

Here’s what you need to know:

7/21/22, 10:59 AM
Madi Hilly
Nuclear waste concerns are overwhelmingly focused on “high-level waste”, which is almost entirely spent nuclear fuel. 

Nuclear fuel is made up of metal tubes containing small pellets of uranium. These tubes are gathered into bundles for loading and unloading into the reactor. 

7/21/22, 10:59 AM


Madi Hilly
After nuclear fuel has spent about five years in a reactor making energy, it’s placed into a pool of water to cool off for another five years.

(Storage pool at Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station)

7/21/22, 10:59 AM

Madi Hilly
After that, several bundles are placed inside concrete and steel “casks” and placed in rows next to the reactor.

(Dry cask storage at Palo Verde)

7/21/22, 10:59 AM
Everyone: But what about the waste?? 

Me: What about it?

11/14/19, 9:41 PM


Madi Hilly
Because uranium is very energy dense, the amount of waste is relatively small. 

All of the fuel rods ever used by the commercial nuclear industry since the late 1950s could fit on a single football field stacked about 50 feet high. 

7/21/22, 10:59 AM


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