If Japan’s future energy policy has a goal of zero reliance on nuclear power, a working group of Japan’s Atomic Energy Commission says that fuel recycling should be discontinued and the spent fuel disposed of.
However, it notes that there may be no way of disposing of the spent fuel and that nuclear reactors will eventually become unusable.
The group says that making the most effective use of the uranium is to reprocess it, but that this option could be more costly than disposal.
Therefore the group concluded that from a cost perspective alone, the most viable option is to stop recycling and dispose of the spent fuel, regardless of a decision on how much nuclear energy will contribute to the power supply.
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