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PostPosted: Jun 29, 2017 2:53 pm 
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MOX funding still mixed in Washington


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PostPosted: Jul 03, 2017 9:54 pm 
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Editorial: Don't let V.C. Summer, Vogtle muddy MOX waters


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PostPosted: Jul 19, 2017 7:22 am 
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Editorial: House report paints grim picture for downblending


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PostPosted: Jul 25, 2017 7:31 am 
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The US have a very large nuclear still running.
They could use a thorium plutonium fuel with higher burn up than the present EU fuel.
The Russians has a big clientele of nuclear fuel in addition to their own use. They could even sell such fuel. They could take back used fuel for a fee and reprocess it for superior fissile U233. If the US joins in as fuel buyers, they could be catered.


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PostPosted: Aug 04, 2017 2:02 pm 
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Judge gives U.S. Government 10 days to meet MOX deadline

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In a text order signed Aug. 1, U.S. District Judge J. Michelle Childs ordered the federal government to file a statement within 10 days setting forth how and when it will remove 1 metric ton of defense plutonium from the Savannah River Site. Federal officials were supposed to file a statement by July 31, but failed to do so. Childs pulled no punches in her text order, rebuking the defendants for taking a "lackadaisical approach" in complying with a previous order setting the July 31 deadline.


Bet they won't...


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PostPosted: Sep 20, 2017 8:01 am 
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Senate bill keeps MOX funding intact

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For the second consecutive year, the National Defense Authorization Act passed the Senate with language going against presidential recommendations, keeping Savannah River Site’s Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility alive. President Barack Obama requested the facility be abandoned in his 2017 budget proposal. MOX supporters were disappointed again the following year when President Donald Trump delivered his 2018 proposal asking to pull the plug on MOX.


Wow, so Barack Obama AND Donald Trump both agreed this was a money pit? And yet the money keeps flowing. This is what happens when you have a government where there are no negative consequences from spending money...


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PostPosted: Sep 20, 2017 8:46 am 
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At this rate, by the time congress is finally persuaded to cancel it, it will be finished...

Do we even have a completion date on this plant?
At this rate it probably would have been more feasible to transport the plutonium to the Melox plant at Cadarache and ship the resulting assemblies back to the states.....


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PostPosted: Oct 13, 2017 8:43 pm 
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Governor's Nuclear Council grills MOX, NNSA on removal of plutonium timeline

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The NNSA estimates the facility will be completed in 2048 at a cost of more than $17 billion, Raines said. He said the contractor's numbers are for completion in 2029 at a cost of just under $10 billion. CB&I Areva MOX Services reported the same figures.


2048... How will we live without it?


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PostPosted: Oct 13, 2017 9:10 pm 
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Are they comparing apples with apples?
When do NNSA estimate the first fuel batch would be ready?


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PostPosted: Oct 14, 2017 11:23 am 
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Does anyone know, why this program was not continued?
https://www.pntl.co.uk/2005/03/mox-for- ... ed-states/
http://www.new.areva.com/EN/news-7924/m ... tates.html


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PostPosted: Oct 14, 2017 7:19 pm 
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200 construction workers laid off from MOX project

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About 200 MOX project construction workers were laid off recently by contractor CB&I at Savannah River Site. “We constantly review workforce needs based on the project execution plan and make adjustments as required,” said Gentry Brann, a CB&I spokeswoman. About 2,000 workers are still employed in building MOX, she said. In May, the Trump Administration’s budget proposal called for the project to be mothballed. “The FY 2018 Budget Request proposes to terminate the MOX project and pursue the dilute and dispose option as an alternative,” according to an appendix to the budget proposal. In 2017, the Obama Administration had proposed the same thing.


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PostPosted: Oct 18, 2017 12:27 am 
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The US does not need fuller use of its fissile assets just yet.
It is more useful to have weapons material in violation of any agreement with enemy Russia.


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US defence policy bill would allow path to cancel MOX plutonium de-weaponision project

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However, House and Senate armed services committees have agreed on policy legislation that would allow the secretary of energy to waive a legal requirement for the MFFF to be built at Savannah River. That legislation, publicised on 9 November, must still be voted through Congress and enacted by the president. The bill would allow the project to be abandoned if the secretary commits to removing plutonium “intended to be disposed of in the MOX facility from South Carolina and ensure a sustainable future for the Savannah River Site”. The secretary would also have to commit to “an alternative option for carrying out the plutonium disposition programme” that covers the same amount of plutonium but at “approximately half of the estimated remaining lifecycle cost” of the MFFF option. DoE’s proposed alternative ‘dilute and dispose’ option would send the surplus US weapon-grade plutonium to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) geologic repository in New Mexico. The WIPP has downsides too. Three Stanford University nuclear security and geology experts raised questions about the long-term safety of the waste facility in a January 2016 report.


MOX construction funding earns House vote

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The bill’s passage affirms legislative support for the MOX project at SRS, despite of opposition from both Presidents Obama and Trump. The facility is years overdue and billions of dollars over budget, prompting many community and watchdog organizations to label it a “boondoggle.” The NDAA budgets about $340 million for construction in fiscal year 2018, similar to previous years’ budgets. Representative Joe Wilson, R-S.C., supported the bill.


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It may be time to develop, at a laboratory scale, thorium-plutonium or thorium-leu bundles for existing reactors, designed as core-blanket bundles. User trials could be held overseas in places allowing them. China or India could develop solid fuel thorium breeders and consume the irradiated thorium pins.


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PostPosted: Nov 21, 2017 2:33 am 
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jagdish wrote:
It may be time to develop, at a laboratory scale, thorium-plutonium or thorium-leu bundles for existing reactors, designed as core-blanket bundles. User trials could be held overseas in places allowing them. China or India could develop solid fuel thorium breeders and consume the irradiated thorium pins.

How would such a company offer better value to the market than Thor Energy which is already testing this ?
Th. Mox 90% Thorium + 10% Plutonium
Th. Add LEU + 5-10% Th (just enough Thorium to replace Gadolinium)
Testing has been going on for many years. The first batch of certification tests should be finished in the next 12 months.
The goal is to actually get data to certify this fuel and start producing it commercially.

I hope they will eventually certify something like 25% Thorium + higher enrichment LEU for longer burnup and flatter power curve fuel.

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