As referenced below, a series of articles using in some cases identical, and often near-identical, message points have appeared in publications across the country. Clearly pulled from a nuclear industry handout, we took a look at the authors' phraseology. Here are some examples:
1. Reprocessing as "recycling."
"France uses recycling to obtain 80% of its electricity from nuclear power". Paul Steinmeyer, The Day, September 14, and The Hartford Courant, September 16.
"France uses recycling to obtain 80% of its electricity from nuclear power." William B. Reed, Montgomery Advertiser (September 13) and Huntsville Times (September 18.)
"France successfully recycles its used fuel to produce 75 percent of its electricity from nuclear power." Ivan Maldonado, The Tennessean, September 21.
"France recycles used fuel from its 54 nuclear plants to obtain 75 percent of its electricity from nuclear power." Howard Shaffer, Concord Monitor, September 24.
"Today France – which obtains 75 percent of its electricity from nuclear power. . . " Henry B. Spitz, Cincinnati Enquirer, September 25.
"Nearly 75 percent of France’s electricity is produced from used nuclear fuel that has been recycled." Barry Butterfield, Lincoln Journal Star, September 27.
"France today generates 80 percent of its electricity needs with nuclear power, much of it generated through recycling." William F. Shugart II, Forbes magazine, October 1.
2. "Used fuel" is "valuable," not "waste."
"Used fuel should not be confused with nuclear waste. It contains tens of billions of dollars worth of valuable plutonium and uranium." Steinmeyer.
"Still referred to as waste, used fuel contains valuable nuclear materials." Reed.
"Often mistakenly referred to as nuclear waste, used fuel contains valuable nuclear materials." Maldonado.
"Recycling is a way to re-use the valuable resources in used nuclear fuel to produce more nuclear-generated electricity." Spitz.
“Those countries realized that spent fuel is a valuable asset, not simply waste.” Shugart.
"Used fuel is a clean energy source that has valuable nuclear materials." Butterfield.
3. No link between reprocessing and nuclear weapons production.
“No country has ever developed the capability to produce nuclear weapons from the recycling of used nuclear fuel.” Shaffer.
“The fact is, no nuclear materials have ever been diverted from recycling for weapons production.” Reed.
“The reality is that no nuclear materials ever have been obtained from the spent fuel of a nuclear power plant.” Shugart.