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Aff & Neg Nukes

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05/24/2012

Political obstacles prevent new reprocessing plants
Coplan, 6
- Associate Professor of Law, Pace University School of Law
(Karl S, “THE INTERCIVILIZATIONAL INEQUITIES OF NUCLEAR POWER WEIGHED AGAINST THE
INTERGENERATIONAL INEQUITIES OF CARBON BASED ENERGY,” 17 Fordham Envtl. Law Rev. 227,
Symposium, 2006) //DH

Congress has obliged the DOE proposal by providing $ 50 million for research and development of these reprocessing
technologies. Nevertheless, experts on nuclear waste reprocessing remain skeptical. Success for this reprocessing proposal
would require the siting and construction of a series of reprocessing facilities and nearby [*241] dedicated nuclear power
plants. 85 The new power plants would have to be near to the reprocessing facilities because the plutonium fuel would be
so dangerous that it could not safely be transported. 86 Siting such facilities is likely to be a political impossibility. 87

Political barriers block new reprocessing sites
Lester, 6 –
Richard, professor of nuclear science and engineering and director of the Industrial Performance Center of MIT
(Richard K., “New Nukes”, Issues in Science and Technology, Summer 2006, Vol. 22, Iss. 4; pg. 39, Proquest)/AK

Removing actinides means that waste canisters in the repository could be packed closer together without violating thermal
limits. This would increase storage capacity, which in turn could reduce the number of repositories. Energy secretary Sam
Bodman recently suggested that GNEP has the potential to postpone a second U.S. waste repository indefinitely, even if
nuclear power growth does resume. This appeals to politicians, who are almost desperately eager to avoid another
politically painful repository-siting process. But offsetting this promise is the requirement, also implicit in GNEP, to find
sites for new reprocessing plants, fuel and target fabrication facilities, and fast-spectrum burner reactors. Each of these may
be easier to site than a second waste repository, though perhaps only marginally so. But GNEP is likely to increase the
quantity of required nuclear sites, possibly by a large number.

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