, Volume 29, Issue 2, pp 188-195,
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Date: 29 Oct 2009

Toward On-Site Closed Nuclear Cycles Not Requiring Deep Burial of Waste

Abstract

We discuss a non-chemical means for onsite reprocessing of spent fuel from hybrid reactors such as LIFE and also deep burn fission reactors. Using a plasma-based Archimedes Filter of standard design, actinides could be removed in a few passes through the Filter to qualify as TRU waste that could be disposed of in a site like WIPP. An improved Filter is discussed that could reduce waste to 1 cubic meter per year, suitable for shallow burial.