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PostPosted: Oct 10, 2018 3:52 pm 
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Plans for jobs-rich but potentially deadly nuclear fuel plant on life support in SC

While I may not like the MOX plant I hate it when anti-nuclear rhetoric is used to attack it.


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PostPosted: Oct 13, 2018 7:24 am 
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Trump administration kills contract for plutonium-to-fuel plant

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CB&I Areva MOX Services LLC, a consortium including France’s state-owned Orano, formerly called Areva, has been building the Mixed Oxide (MOX) project at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina since 2007. But the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration told it in a letter dated Oct. 10 that the project was over. “This notice terminates the contract in its entirety, and is effective immediately,” said the letter, a copy of which was seen by Reuters. The move came a day after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit halted a lower court’s injunction of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) plan to shut the plant. MOX Services did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


Will this be the "coup-de-grace" or just another chapter in this long sordid saga?


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PostPosted: Oct 14, 2018 5:56 am 
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Replacing it with a project for a thorium fuel using plutonium as the fissile feed would be a better option. PWRs, the major type of reactors could be fueled and run for a longer time than uranium fueled reactors. U233 could be economically extracted by distillation of chloride/fluoride.
RG plutonium separated by processing used fuel could be similarly used where available.


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PostPosted: Oct 14, 2018 9:40 pm 
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Editorial: MOX termination is great loss to Aiken

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S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson and just about every other political person in the state of South Carolina gave it their best shot. They fought hard, but in the end, the U.S. Department of Energy had the final say. The construction of the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility, or MOX, at the Savannah River Site was terminated eOct. 10. MOX is a nuclear facility designed to turn weapons-grade plutonium into fuel for commercial reactors. The official termination notice jeopardizes about 1,800 jobs, though the NNSA has said it is "committed" to support the current MOX workforce. This termination could prove to be a serious hit to the local economy and dare we say the morale of Aiken County. Many of those affected by this termination notice are residents. They are your neighbors and friends. Some may say McMaster, Graham and other politicians and lawmakers didn't fight hard enough. But they did what they could. MOX was conjured up years ago and was later green-lighted as a key stake to U.S.-Russia denuclearization. Since then, the U.S. government poured tons – millions upon millions – of money into it. Just this year, $220 million was appropriated to the project. And that's a fiscal slash. Many, South Carolina's lawmakers included, say MOX is roughly 70 percent complete. Others say it's around 40 percent complete. Either way, it was to be finished by 2016, and it wasn't. The project began more than a decade ago, and if it took that long to get to 70 percent, you figure it would take four to five more years to complete. Of course that's going at the three-quarters-finished rate; if it is only 40 percent complete, it would take much longer than that. That's a point the DOE has made over and over. U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry has had enough. National Nuclear Security Administration head Lisa Gordon-Hagerty has had enough. Both have praised dilute-and-dispose, another plutonium disposition method the two officials have said is better – supposedly cheaper, too. It's fair to say the U.S. is just tired of putting money into MOX and not getting the results it sought. Unfortunately, the real loss will be in Aiken County.


I know that there's so much better things for the talented citizens of Aiken to do than to build and operate the MOX plant.


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