The UK does indeed re-process spent fuel rods, from UK reactors and from other countries on a commercial basis. The Thorp plant is currently in operation, having been closed after a leak was discovered inside the facility back in 2005.
Finland, by contrast, does not re-process - it intends to store the spent fuel rods pretty much intact, after they've spent a few decades in cooling ponds.
#37 LarryKealey - I'm watching things unfold in the Gulf of Mexico with the same fascination as you're evidencing in your comments. The reality is that US media organisations are likely to devote bigger resources to covering this than those based elsewhere. But I'll post as and when I might have something to add. In the meantime, I'm glad you can post your insights here, as I'm sure are other readers.
#47 Larry again - the review process itself cites as the over-arching goal to "strengthen IPCC’s policies and procedures so as to be better able to respond to future challenges and ensure the ongoing quality of its reports". The longer version of their terms of reference shows that pretty much everything is up for grabs.
Incidentally, audio and PowerPoints from Friday's session are now available here.
#59 James - discussions here haven't always been as polite as this one. I suspect the difference is that the US is in a crucial period regarding legislation on carbon emissions, whereas the UK is not.
At the end of the pdf report linked from the index page, there is a list of references used for it. If you know this set of papers and studies, or the synthesis of it, overstates the case, could you elaborate please, for all our benefits?