Nuclear waste is an enormously touchy subject in the U.S. and elsewhere. To the best of my knowledge, no U.S. state wants to store nuclear waste in their state.
My bet is that when the nuclear-fusion reactors powered outer space technologies become realized, radioactive nuclear wastes will be stored or processed in outer space, and no longer stored on Earth; but that time may or may not come, and until then, we have to work with what we’ve got on Earth.
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I see artificial nuclear fusion as the future energy for humanity; I’ll keep on pursuing developing and commercializing artificial nuclear fusion reactors as long as I can.
Artificial nuclear fusion reactors do not necessarily have to produce harmful, radioactive nuclear wastes, although it can; in that regard, artificial nuclear fusion is different from nuclear fission that is used in the atomic bombs and the conventional nuclear power plants, that always produce radioactive nuclear wastes.
To the best of my knowledge, the nuclear fusion that does not produce harmful radioactive nuclear wastes is called aneutronic, which doesn’t produce unstable, radioactive nuclear wastes that constantly emit neutron rays that are extremely harmful and detrimental to human and other biological lifeform bodies.
Although I’m going for developing and commercializing aneutronic nuclear-fusion reactors for producing truly clean artificial nuclear-fusion energy, it might be necessary, during the R&D stage, to produce neurtonic nuclear-fusion reactors that produce radioative nuclear wastes, albeit in very small amounts for research and development purposes.
A research and development of a brand-new technology, including and especially energy technology, can be done in the U.S. only when it is legally sanctioned; so, in the worst case of producing one or more neurtonic nuclear-fusion reactor prototypes for research and development purposes, Robocentric, my R&D corporation, needs to abide by all the applicable U.S. nuclear energy research and production federal, state, and local laws. Developing and commercializing a brand-new technology, including and especially energy technology, definitely isn’t for the faint of heart.
Over time, I’ll study more of, and talk more about, all the applicable U.S. nuclear energy research and production federal, state, and local laws.
Doing some preliminary search on the Internet reveals that in the U.S., the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. NRC (United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission) are in charge of overseeing and regulating nuclear wastes management in the U.S. at the U.S. federal level; the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982 is the U.S. federal law that regulates the handling of nuclear wastes; the state of Nevada is opposed to storing nuclear wastes in their state, in the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository; the state of Nevada has laws on radioactive waste, nuclear projects, radiation, radioactive materials, hazardous substances, and hazardous wastes—I’m sure other states have laws on those issues; I particularly pay attention on Nevada and New Mexico, because those two states are frequently associated with nuclear wastes in the U.S., mostly likely because of having remote, unpopulated desert areas that can be used for storing nuclear wastes in the long term.
Given all the issues and sensitivity on nuclear wastes, nuclear-waste-free artificial nuclear fusion is probably the only reasonable and realistic option to pursue; nuclear-waste-producing artificial nuclear fusion will have to be done in a very limited scope, if it must be done for developing and commercializing nuclear-waste-free artificial nuclear fusion reactors. Later on, I’ll talk more about the issue of nuclear-waste-producing and nuclear-waste-free artificial nuclear fusion.
According to science.osti.gov website, nuclear-fusion research is ongoing in many U.S. states, in all the Western states, in all the Eastern states except a few, in Nevada, in New Mexico, in Texas, and many other states. At first glance, it looks like U.S. states are permissive toward artificial nuclear-fusion research, most likely because artificial nuclear fusion holds such a great promise. I’ll look more into this, and talk about it later.
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