Reprocessing Resources

Comprehensive Articles and Reports:

Managing Spent Fuel in the United States: The Illogic of Reprocessing, Frank von Hippel, International Panel on Fissile Materials, January 2007

Peddling Plutonium:Nuclear Energy Plan Would Make the World More Dangerous, Natural Resources Defense Council, March 2006

No Hurry To Recycle,” Mechanical Engineering, Frank N. von Hippel, May 2006

Is U.S. Reprocessing Worth The Risk?Arms Control Today, Steve Fetter and Frank N. von Hippel, September 2005

Plutonium End Game: Stop Reprocessing, Start Immobilizing, Institute for Energy and Environmental Research, January 22, 2001, summary in Science for Democratic Action, Vol 9, No. 2, February 2001

The Nuclear Alchemy Gamble: An Assessment of Transmutation as a Nuclear Waste Management Strategy, Institute for Energy and Environmental Research, August 25, 2000, summary in Science for Democratic Action, Vol 8, No. 3, May 2000

General overview of reprocessing:

Global Nuclear Energy Partnership, Federation of American  Scientists, Commentary, updated regularly

Reprocessing Cannot Solve Our Nuclear Waste Problem, Public Citizen

Factsheet: Global Nuclear Energy Partnership, Greenpeace

Nuclear Power Fuel Cycles and GNEP, Public Citizen

Nuclear Reprocessing: Dangerous, Dirty, and Expensive, Union of Concerned Scientists

Reprocessing Is Not the “Solution” to the Nuclear Waste Problem, Nuclear Information and Resource Service, January 2006

Reprocessing: Why we can and should wait, Frank N. von Hippel, Princeton University, Presentation, November 16, 2005


The Global Nuclear Energy Partnership: Will It Advance Nonproliferation Or Undermine It?, Dr. Edwin Lyman, Union of Concerned Scientists, Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management, July 19, 2006

U.S. Nuclear Fuel Reprocessing Initiative: Department of Energy Research Shows Technology Does Not Reduce Risks of Nuclear Proliferation and Terrorism, Union of Concerned Scientists

Implications of Commercial Spent Fuel Reprocessing, Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, June 8, 2005

Waste Streams:

Radioactive Wastes and the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership, Institute for Policy Studies, Robert Alvarez, April 2007

Graph representing Department of Energy/Argonne National Laboratories proposal for reprocessing and transmuting nuclear waste as part of GNEP proposed in February 2006, Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, September 2006

International Experience:

International experience with reprocessing and related technologies, Institute for Energy and Environmental Research, January 25, 2006


The UK and nuclear reprocessing: beating a retreat, Presentation of Dr. William Walker, Professor of International Relations, University of St Andrews, Scotland, UK, May 2007

Nuclear Fuel Reprocessing Plant Accident at Sellefield, UK, Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation

Sellafield, The Bellona Foundation, 2003


French Nuclear Reprocessing – Failure at Home, Coup d’Etat in the United States, Briefing Paper by Shaun Burnie, May 2007

French Nuclear Reprocessing: Decline at Home, Coup d’ Etat in the United States, Presentation by Shaun Burnie, May 2007

French Report Doubts Merits of Reprocessing and MOX, Institute for Energy and Environmental Research, February 2001


Japan's Nuclear Fuel Cycle Program - An Economic Failure Providing No Waste Solution and No Energy for Japan, Green Action Factsheet, May 2007

The Failures of Japan's Nuclear Fuel Cycle Program: 1956 – 2007, Presentation by Aileen Mioko Smith, Director of Green Action, Kyoto, Japan, May 2007

Rokkasho: A Troubled Nuclear Fuel Cycle Complex, Institute for Energy and Environmental Research, August 2001


The Russian Nuclear Industry—The Need for Reform, The Bellona Foundation, 2004

Fast reactors:

Fast Reactors: Unsafe, Uneconomical, and Unable to Resolve the Problems of Nuclear Power, Public Citizen

Letters to Congress:

Letter sent to House and Senate Appropriations Committees re: FY2008 Energy & Water Appropriations, April 24, 2007 

Public Interest Groups From Communities Near the 11 Proposed GNEP Sites Oppose the Siting Process, January 25, 2007

Public Interest Groups from 17 Countries United in Opposition Against the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership (GNEP), July 14, 2006

Oppose Global Nuclear Energy Partnership (GNEP) funding for reprocessing irradiated nuclear fuel, April 7, 2006

Reprocessing Irradiated Commercial Nuclear Fuel is Expensive and a Proliferation Risk, January 26, 2006

Letters sent to Senate Appropriations Committee re: FY2006 Energy & Water Appropriations: June 10, 2005 and June 13, 2005