re·​pro·​cess | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈprä-ˌses , -ˈprō-, -səs\
reprocessed; reprocessing; reprocesses

Definition of reprocess

transitive verb

: to subject to a special process or treatment in preparation for reuse especially : to extract uranium and plutonium from (the spent fuel rods of a nuclear reactor) for use again as fuel

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The United Arab Emirates, a Saudi neighbor and ally, agreed to allow intrusive international nuclear inspections and to forgo enriching uranium and reprocessing spent fuel as part of its 2009 nuclear cooperation agreement with Washington. Jamie Fly And, WSJ, "Khashoggi’s Killing Should Be a Nuclear Red Flag," 28 Oct. 2018 In LanzaTech's scenario, there's no carbon-sequestration period at the beginning, but the process takes pollutant gases that are let into the atmosphere anyway and reprocesses them. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Tonight a Virgin Atlantic 747 will fly on fuel made from industrial waste gas," 2 Oct. 2018 That report cites a series of delays and cost overruns at the agency, including a contentious project to reprocess weapons-grade plutonium and uranium into fuel for commercial reactors. Matthew Daly, Fox News, "Congress considers changing supervision of nuclear weapons," 23 July 2018 But the law doesn’t bar a country from using the program to enrich and reprocess uranium to make a bomb. Alex Ward, Vox, "Exclusive: House Democrat to introduce new bill punishing Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi," 9 Nov. 2018 Western Dubuque then reprocessed the biodiesel and did the paperwork for a second set of 36 million RINs. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Dept. of Justice cracks down on another multimillion dollar biofuel fraudster," 27 Sep. 2018 The United Arab Emirates has renounced enrichment and reprocessing in a bilateral agreement with the United States, though Saudi Arabia has not. Dinshaw Mistry, Washington Post, "Trump doesn’t like the Iran deal’s sunset provisions. Here’s how to fix that.," 25 Apr. 2018 Bolton added that North Korea would have to get rid of its uranium enrichment and plutonium reprocessing facilities, reveal their weapons sites and allow open inspections. Washington Post, "Trump: US hasn’t been notified about threat to cancel summit," 16 May 2018 Plutonium can be acquired from reprocessing spent fuel from conventional nuclear power plants, or reactors can be designed specifically to produce plutonium for use in weapons. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Uranium enrichment will be a key point in talks with North Korea. Here’s what it is.," 11 June 2018

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1884, in the meaning defined above

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