AUTHORKazimi, Mujid S. / Moniz, Ernest J. / Forsberg, Charles W.
TITLEThe Future of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle: An Interdisciplinary MIT Study
CITYCambridge, MA
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This extensive 2010 report focuses on the key technical options for an expanded nuclear power program in the U.S. and the consequences of those choices, with an emphasis on the need for continued research to enhance flexibility for future scenarios. It updates the 2003 and 2009 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) interdisciplinary studies of nuclear power. In a postscript, the authors stress the need for a national U.S. spent fuel policy in light of problems at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan following the 2011 tsunami. The 2010 report goes beyond past versions to include extensive descriptions of all components of the fuel cycle. A useful executive summary provides findings and recommendations and is followed by chapters addressing the future of the fuel cycle, uranium resources, management of spent fuel and waste, economic and proliferation issues, current technologies, U.S. attitudes on nuclear power and waste, and recommendations for research and development programs. Appendices contain supporting data and analysis in areas of waste management, economics, and advanced technologies such as new reactor designs and the use of thorium fuel.

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