My not-so-expert understanding of nuclear waste is that much of the “weapons waste” material is actinide ions made water soluble in nitric acid solution. This pressurization problem is more an oxidation of cellulose, or something similar, (the “organic” kitty litter) by nitric acid. An apt comment in the NPR article comments mentions the problem of people being trained, but without a clue as to WHY things are to be done. Another comment mentions the problem of private equity firms buying up technology firms and the new management “forgetting” what business they are in.
That’s what I heard in an NPR broadcast --- http://www.npr.org/tags/163720202/nuclear-waste
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Can anyone confirm the news reports that the cause of this was that someone used an organic based cat litter vice a clay one?
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