Proven expertise in recycling and nuclear waste management

Nuclear fuel management raises numerous questions and a fair share of misconceptions. What is nuclear fuel recycling? What is MOX and what are its advantages? How are non-recyclable elements such as highly radioactive waste managed? Because preparing the future entails not only opting for low-carbon energies that limit impact on the climate but also controlling and optimizing waste management for future generations.

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More than 50 years ago, France made the choice to recycle spent fuel, increase the value of nuclear materials, and reduce the quantity and hazards of the most radioactive waste. Recyclable materials, uranium and plutonium, can be used to make new fuels that will in turn generate their own electricity. In France, 10% of nuclear-generated electricity comes from recycled materials. 

Only 4% of nuclear materials from spent fuels are high-level long-lived waste. These are fission products. They are calcined and vitrified then poured into stainless steel containers. This safe conditioning, stable for several tens of thousands of years, is certified by 10 safety authorities in the world. 

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