A generation of “fast” nuclear reactors could consume Britain‘s radioactive waste stockpile as fuel, providing enough low-carbon electricity to power the country for more than 500 years.

That’s according to figures confirmed by the chief scientific adviser to the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (Decc), the Guardian reports.

Britain’s large stockpile of nuclear waste includes more than 100 tonnes of plutonium and 35,000 tonnes of depleted uranium.

The plutonium in particular presents a security risk as a potential target for terrorists and will cost billions to dispose of safely. The government is currently considering options for disposing of or managing it.

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