closing the loop
Let's open up Tamara's debate a bit further by trying a few "what-if" propositions
For instance.......How would this work as an alternative closed-loop business model:
A) Olympic Dam continue to produce the yellow cake as a side- product of it's copper mining process
B) instead of shipping out 44 gallon drums of uranium ore, OD goes the extra step of producing the fuel rods
C) the value-added product is then leased not sold to a specific certified Nuclear Authority
- and they pay a really substantial deposit on each fuel rod, in addition to the lease fee.
D) the Nuclear Authority can't claim the deposit back until the rod is returned intact (-at their expense), to be buried
(-possibly back in the very same stope where the ore originated)
........comments from you lot?