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France sends reprocessed nuclear fuel to Japan

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What are the risks of severe environmental pollution if those radioactive materials are released?

Isn't there a risk of an accident or potential theft of this material?

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Great, let the whole world know. You can track the ships using the web site or mobile apps. I hope they have armed security or an escort.

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What is the more at risk, a fuel tanker, or this ship.

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Greenpeace is pro-nuclear energy but against shipping spent fuel for reprocessing.

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They will ensure the shipment of MOX nuclear fuel to Japan

Ensure ?

When it actually arrives safely then say that .

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Don't like the sound of this one bit!

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While I do not agree this is, it's not new and has happened for decades.

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Sending this during typhoon season is a great idea. Why do we need this anyway? Does the LDP and it powerful masters plan to restart the out of date, earthquake and tsunami NPPs now that everybody has forgotten that Fukushima is totally out of control and there know technology on planet earth on how to deal with it?

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What if Russia sends a submarine to sink it? Both France and Japan will look bad. Consequently, "petty Putin" will be pleased with himself.

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Rodney it won't arrive until November which isn't typhoon season

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The article doesn't say exactly which reactors its going to so how do you know its going to an outdated one ?

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Four reactors - Genkai 3, Ikata 3, and Takahama 3 and 4 - have resumed operation using MOX fuel. FEPC estimates that these units will use a total of 0.2 tonnes of plutonium in 2021.

0.7 tonnes in 2022 and

1.4 tonnes in 2023. These usage amounts are based on the operation plan of each company, as of January this year, FEPC noted.

It said the operation plan for 2024 and beyond is undecided, but from the perspective of showing the outlook for plutonium usage after the start of operations at the Rokkasho reprocessing plant, the current outlook for usage is:

0.7 tonnes in 2024;

1.4-2.8 tonnes in 2025; and

about 6.6 tonnes annually between 2026 and 2030.

The start of use of domestically-produced MOX fuel is expected to be after 2026, FEPC said.

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If you like 24/7/365 stable power supply, get used to it!

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This is how you do nuclear power right. Reprocessing reduces long term radioactive waste by at least 80%. Making full use of the fuel cycle is the only way to use nuclear power.

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What if Russia sends a submarine to sink it? Both France and Japan will look bad. Consequently, "petty Putin" will be pleased with himself.

Russia doing that would be a clear act of war, and France is very much a nuclear power with a far better navy than the Russians have.

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What is the more at risk, a fuel tanker, or this ship?

I was thinking the real risk is a Japanese bulk freighter with a crew having a birthday party near Mauritius ........

You probably do not have a worn out crew composed of poorly paid workers from several impoverished nations managed by a firm in India or the Middle East and a ship owner from yet another country scrimping on maintenance or trying to cheat the crew out of their pay. Considering the cargo it is probably one of the most carefully operated ships on the ocean.

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Don't like the sound of this one bit!

What's more dangerous, this ship doing a mission that has been done safely for decades and is under very strict supervision, or the Russians dumping the reactors from decommissioned subs on the sea bed in the Barents? Or how about the sinking of the Severka at her moorings in the Kola Peninsula? She was a ship used to move radioactive waste from a former Soviet submarine base to Murmansk for rail shipment east. She was filled with liquid radioactive waste when she sank at her moorings. In fact she had been used for that mission for so long the whole ship was considered to be radioactive waste. Now she is sunk right there in the waters near Alexandrovsk.

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To think it's not something to be concerned about just because its been done for decades before is exactly the type of attitude that attracts a lack of safety awareness.

As the article states they were already having problems just loading it.

One can never be overly cautious with material as hazardous as nuclear fuel.

And then there's piracy and terrorist also.

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Burn oil and coal instead, then watch the tree huggers melt down

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