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PostPosted: Jan 14, 2013 1:04 pm 
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Looking at the US, how much of a proliferation risk is the current nuclear program?

There's been massive programs going back to the mid 1940s to produce plutonium and enriched uranium for weapons, we can consider that a peak in the proliferation risk in the US.

With the chemical processes, and presence of other isotopes that make the fuel/salt mixture dangerous to work with plus the well established record of safety in this area in the US then how much of an issue is this really going to be for organizations like Flibe.

China seems to be going ahead with thorium based molten salt reactors and arguably poses much more of a risk when it comes to putting this kind of technology in hands we might not want it to be in, so it might be a little too late to debate closing the barn door here.


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PostPosted: Jan 14, 2013 1:49 pm 
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Yeah, and our government is happily giving away everything we know
about molten salt to speed up the Chinese program.
And bragging about it.

Yet when Oliver wrote the President, the reply
was molten salt constitutes a worrisome proliferation risk.

Swift, Carroll and Orwell put together
couldnt come up with this stuff.


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PostPosted: Jan 14, 2013 2:19 pm 
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It sure would be nice if North American energy policy was based on reality not fantasy.

We're quite likely heading for a scenario much more frightening than any small risk of limited misuse of nuclear material.


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PostPosted: Jan 15, 2013 3:07 am 
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The most dangerous political philosophy of the time, the extremist Islam, is already in possession of nuclear weapons in shape of Pakistan. It is being wooed by the US, now in context of Afghanistan. It is not the time to worry about the weapons proliferation enough to be handicapped in development of energy security to ease the world tensions.
So, go ahead, reprocess the SNF and have the Fast Spectrum MSR waste burners as the next main design of reactors. LFTR's can be one version, with or without uranium as a neutron amplifier with fast fission bonus.


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PostPosted: Jun 28, 2016 3:15 pm 
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IEER/PSR Thorium "Fact Sheet" Rebuttal was not included in this discussion. Specific items in the rebuttal have been addressed. This was the 2009 fact sheet: Thorium Fuel – No Panacea for Nuclear Power

From 2012: Science Friday: Is Thorium a Magic Bullet for Our Energy Problems? and this is the transcript.

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