["Nuclear Fuel Cycle" after Richard Wolfson, Nuclear Choices (MIT Press, 1987)]
If you believe that what you can't see won't hurt you, then you have no reason to doubt the Nuclear Industry propaganda that sells nuclear energy as clean. I've reconstructed the standard representation of the nuclear fuel cycle to include the fact that radioactive poisons make their way into the environment at every stage of the process. You could call this the "unclean" version, because it makes visible the invisible pollutants.
The Corrected Model also includes the absence of any "long-term storage." The by-products that don't get loose in the environment end up in what is euphemistically known as "short-term" storage. The very use of the term "cycle" is loaded. Calling it a "cycle" begs the question on the very serious unresolved issue of what the world will do with the ever accumulating, incredibly deadly nuclear waste; it's more like a dead-end one-way street!
Despite the fact that we still have no satisfactory plan, the industry insists on closing the circle in their depictions; as if it weren't just a good idea, but a done deal---a classic case of wishful thinking. This is a multi-billion dollar wager that the world has been riding for five decades. The nuclear industry grew up promising all along that the solution was right around the corner. They still show the public lovely pictures of clean, closed circles; and still, there is no final resting place, no solution, no closure.
Actually, there is a cycle involved, but it's and endless cycle between reprocessing and "short-term" storage.
Note the problem of "short-term" storage of a poison which must be isolated, kept away from human contact for at least ten times the history of the "civilization" that gave rise to it. Those first fifty years of nuclear stewardshit haven't been so golden.
Funny how something so obvious and pervasive as the environment tends to get left out of representations, if not the calculations. It's invisible, like indians on the old frontier.
Here's a couple of useful links:
A Modest Proposal
My own facetious recommendation.
The Department of Energy's own inventory of radioactive waste:
". . . the Integrated Data Base (IDB) Report (document DOE/RW-0006) offers historic data on inventories and characteristics of both commercial and DOE spent fuel; also, commercial and U.S. government-owned radioactive wastes through December 31, 1993."
The history of Nuclear Power:
Nuclear Power Deception
from The Institute for Energy and Environmental Research ("Where Science and Democracy Meet")