Reduction in waste radiotoxicity
One of the aims of waste management is to make waste less toxic before disposing of it. In this respect, vitrified waste with the plutonium removed - the conventional glass packages - has a clear advantage over fuel disposed of as it is, without reprocessing. The advantage would be even greater if the actinides were removed from the glass packages. In this case, their radiotoxicity would drop to the level of the natural uranium from which they originated in “only” 300 years. That will not be possible for existing glass packages. (Source CEA). null