We Are Rich!
My "complaint" is about organizations such as the NWMO which uses the w-word in its title, for goodness sake! The waste concept was invented in the US to create legal and technical problems for the nuclear industry. Carbon industry lobbyists wanted to keep this new technology hobbled so it would not affect their profits. I see no reason for Canadian institutions to get involved in this waste silliness. We have a stored uranium treasure. We are rich! We should be celebrating!
Instead of a Deep Geological Repository we should set up an Energy Cleanliness Laboratory. This exciting research facility would provide lots of high paying jobs for researchers who will study and develop the cleanest energy possible. One of the resources provided to this laboratory will be a uranium treasure worth 10,000 billion dollars which would be donated by the Canadian government. This fantastic opportunity to make a real contribution to solving the global warming crisis would be an economic miracle for the community that wins the bid to host it. As an incentive every citizen in the winning bid community should receive a $100,000 bonus award, tax free.
If we build a fast reactor at the Energy Cleanliness Laboratory site then the used once fuel from our CANDU reactors could be consumed in the fast reactor. The profits from the electricity sold from the fast reactor could be used to dig a vault and pay for the fast reactor. That gives us a free vault. The waste from the fast reactor is truly waste - it does not have any energy production value using fission. It could be stored in the vault. It has a short half life for radioactivity, so within 200 years the vault level will be below background levels. Looks to me like the "waste" problem is easily solved for nuclear energy.
So let's move on to something difficult, like global warming.
For another positive view see:
Why The French Like Nuclear Energy