A Chart of the Complete Nuclear Fuel Cycle

With all conversation here in the United States about nuclear fuel waste confidence, used nuclear fuel recycling, and even MOX fuel, it’s a good time to chart out what a complete nuclear fuel cycle looks like.

The complete nuclear cycle depicted below is not a far-off future low carbon energy source concept, though it does not exist yet in the U.S. This cycle began nearly 40 years ago in France, and is now generating more than 70% of the electricity used by French industry and homes.

With visionary legislative leadership, we can use the same cycle to help achieve our country’s economic, environmental and energy independence goals.