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PostPosted: Aug 21, 2016 5:03 am 
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Does anyone know the status of the US - Russian agreement on burning weapons grade plutonium ? Is it still in force ?


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PostPosted: Aug 21, 2016 7:45 am 
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jon wrote:
Does anyone know the status of the US - Russian agreement on burning weapons grade plutonium ? Is it still in force ?


I think it is more or less suspended. The Obama administration seems to have given up on the MOX facility in South Carolina. See this discussion:

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PostPosted: Aug 24, 2016 10:49 am 
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New units said safer, less radioactive waste

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On August 17, Unit 4 of the Beloyarsk nuclear power plant with BN-800 fast neutron reactor, which should become the most powerful prototype of the commercial reactors of this type, started operating at 100% power for the first time, State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom said in a press release. Thus begins the procedure of comprehensive testing of the unit at its rated power.


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PostPosted: Aug 27, 2016 8:09 pm 
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Russia deserves congratulations on their success. I can see this as a way to drive some international competition. Hopefully a friendly competition, out of national pride. While a less than friendly competition has provided a drive for considerable expenditures in science, technology, and engineering, the continuous threat of another war is not desirable.

In other words, I want one too.

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PostPosted: Aug 29, 2016 2:57 pm 
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World Nuclear Association: "Nuclear Power in Russia" (Updated 26 August 2016)
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• Russia is moving steadily forward with plans for an expanded role of nuclear energy, including development of new reactor technology.
• An average of one large reactor per year is due to come on line to 2028, balancing retired capacity.
• Efficiency of nuclear generation in Russia has increased dramatically since the mid-1990s. Over 20 nuclear power reactors are confirmed or planned for export construction.
• Exports of nuclear goods and services are a major Russian policy and economic objective.
• Russia is a world leader in fast neutron reactor technology.
Kirk, your forum didn't have a "Russia" board index.

This article has a lot of information on Russian civilian domestic nuclear power.

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PostPosted: Oct 02, 2016 1:18 pm 
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Tim Meyer wrote:
Kirk, your forum didn't have a "Russia" board index.
"Europe"

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PostPosted: Oct 03, 2016 12:51 pm 
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The BN-800 is located in the Urals, near Yekaterinburg and Sverdlovsk, on the border between Europe and Asia. Most people would group Russia with Europe, historically and culturally and because most Russians live in the European part of Russia.


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PostPosted: Oct 04, 2016 1:57 am 
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Putin has suspended the agreement to destroy stocks of weapons grade plutonium. Whether that will affect progress on the BN 1200, or the way they fuel the BN 800, currently using uranium, is debatable. US progress with turning W-G plutonium into MOX had already stalled.


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