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PostPosted: Jun 28, 2016 12:46 pm 
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An Ohio Plan for Molten Salt Reactor Development

eGeneration.org makes a strong case for Ohio's NPBS for U.S. MSR research, development, and deployment. Comments?
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- Advocating for NASA Plum Brook to host very small research molten salt reactors for the purpose of Molybdenum-99 production, while researching MSR engineering issues, makes sense from a security standpoint, not only for America, but for the world.

- Medical Isotopes (Molybdenum-99) produced from such reactors need to be distributed across North, Central, and South America. This business model can support the construction of an $80 Million airport required for such distribution.

- An airport at NASA Plum Brook means access to much more business for the testing facilities at Plum Brook.

- The NASA Plum Brook grounds are large enough to incorporate a business park that would support the mass assembly of molten salt reactors.

- Perry Nuclear power plant has the capability to support a quarter-scale test reactor that would be needed in the commercialization process of molten salt reactor technology.

- Piketon, Ohio’s uranium enrichment facility has the capability to host a full-scale modular molten salt reactor, which would require testing before initiating assembly line manufacturing of such reactors.

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It is an interesting plan, but my guess is that the Idaho National Laboratory and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory hold all the cards as possible locations, if a molten salt reactor is to be developed in the United States. The Idaho National Laboratory started life as the "National Reactor Testing Station", for the very purpose of hosting prototype and test reactors.


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Plum Brook was not consulted before this plan was released and made it clear that they wanted no part of it. Shortly thereafter the promotion for the plan ended.


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PostPosted: Jun 28, 2016 2:26 pm 
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Does that make it a bad plan? If Idaho is preferred, fine. The point is the need to complete thorium MSR testing. Such plans are likely secret as far as this forum is concerned.

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