Uranium waste disposal could cost at least $7.2 billion

Depleted uranium hexafluoride storage cylinders at the US Department of Energy’s Portsmouth, Ohio conversion facility. (Photo from US Government Accountability Office report)

The U.S. Department of Energy estimates it could cost at least $7.2 billion to convert and dispose of tens of thousands of cylinders of depleted uranium hexafluoride, a dangerous and corrosive byproduct of the process. enrichment of uranium. Some of the waste came from the old K-25 site at Oak Ridge and is now stored in Ohio, but some of the converted depleted uranium could eventually be returned to Oak Ridge for use in nuclear weapons.

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Depleted uranium hexafluoride storage cylinders at the US Department of Energy’s Portsmouth, Ohio conversion facility. (Photo from US Government Accountability Office report)

The U.S. Department of Energy estimates it could cost at least $7.2 billion to convert and dispose of tens of thousands of cylinders of depleted uranium hexafluoride, a dangerous and corrosive byproduct of the process. enrichment of uranium. Some of the waste came from the old K-25 site at Oak Ridge and is now stored in Ohio, but some of the converted depleted uranium could eventually be returned to Oak Ridge for use in nuclear weapons.

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