If it has a half-life of 713M years, we don't need to do anything with it. It's not at all dangerous. It's the short-lived isotopes that will kill. Danger from radioactivity is (more or less) inversely proportional to half-life.
For half the cost of sending it into the sun, it could be sent into an escape trajectory. Look how much money the Demonicrats could save!
Blame the Demonicrats.
They'd just make kid's toys for McDonalds out of it and send it back.
It's my understanding that digital controls specifically not allowed.
They were dead in the US *long* before Chernobyl, and they're not dead anywhere else, so that's a red herring.
How about the decommissioning of Shoreham. There was another government boondoggle. Let it go hot, generate zero power, then pay billion$ to shut it down.
Not going to happen.
Shorter half-life == hotter. There are all sorts of *good* alternatives, but the better the alternative the more politically incorrect it is. The problem isn't energy, it's politics.
...and only a small part of the problem. Coal plants put out a few thousand times the radioactivity into the environment than a nuke plant does.