REPROCESSING: HOW IT WORKS

reprocessing
Spent fuel rods from a nuclear reactor are taken away and shredded. By means of a chemical process, plutonium and other long-lived fission products (the actinides) are removed. All of these products are capable of undergoing fission, so they are fed back into a reactor and used as fuel.

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