LONDON, March 22 France's Areva CEPFi.PA, the
world's largest maker of nuclear reactors, is developing a new
type of reactor capable of destroying atomic waste, the Times
reported in its Monday edition.
As concerns rise over dwindling oil supplies and the
environmental hazards of global warming, nuclear energy, which
produces almost no carbon dioxide, has come back into vogue.
Chief Executive Anne Lauvergeon told the paper the
state-owned group was working on a new technology to destroy
actinides, the highly radioactive waste products of nuclear
fission inside a reactor.
"In terms of public acceptance, the remaining issue is the
waste. In the future we will be able to destroy the actinides
by making them disappear in a special reactor," Lauvergeon told
"We can do it already in a laboratory. With research and
development, we will address this issue," she said.
(Reporting by Caroline Copley; Editing by Lincoln Feast)