I keep seeing documentaries describing the pile-up of nuclear waste from nuclear power stations in the US and in other countries. Countries such as Finland are working to deposit waste in old mines in geologically stable regions, and I was under the impression that the US was heading down that track as well, but this has now apparently been put on hold. A case of NIMBY I presume (not in my back yard).
The media story is that the waste is piling up, and is being stored in pools at nuclear power stations all over the US - which sounds dangerous considering the prevalence of natural disasters. I wonder what the real truth is? I am not quite sure what the situation is in France and England, but I got the impression they are experimenting with methods of re-use of the waste products as well as storing some material under ground.
What is the current state-of-the-art in terms of nuclear waste reuse? Are new reactors capable of burning discarded fuel from older reactors? Are there realistic expectations to be able to eliminate deposition of nuclear waste altogether in the foreseeable future?