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Thor and the Thorium Solution for Plutonium from Commercial Nuclear Reactors

6 Aug 2018, 19:26 UTC
Thor and the Thorium Solution for Plutonium from Commercial Nuclear Reactors
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"Thor's battle with the giants" painting by MÃ¥rten Eskil Winge (1872) by Marcel F. Williams Because of the political inability to deal with the long term disposal of spent fuel from commercial nuclear reactors in the US by the federal government, some states in the US have banned the building of new commercial nuclear power plants.California state law, for instance, has banned the construction of new commercial nuclear power plants until the US Federal government establishes a long-term policy on the disposal of spent fuel (nuclear waste). And with current plans to close its last nuclear power plant (Diablo Canyon) by the year 2025, California will eventually have no nuclear facilities providing carbon neutral electricity to its nearly 40 million residents. While the US has principally focused on finding a permanent site for the spent fuel from its commercial nuclear facilities, some nations, such as France, have focused on recycling the plutonium component of spent fuel while storing away the fissile and fertile uranium for perhaps future use in commercial nuclear reactors-- plus the residual radioactive material that cannot be recycledWhile France mixes plutonium with uranium 238 (MOX) to partially recycle nuclear waste in its current light water reactors, this ...

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