Congress pushes for re-examination of Thorium nuclear power

MIT Technology review reports that Senators representing several Western states, including Utah’s Orrin Hatch and Senate Majority leader Harry Reid, of Nevada, are working on legislation to promote thorium.

I am a big supporter of developing Thorium fission reactors and in particular molten salt reactors. I support the upcoming legislation from Orrin Hatch and Harry Reid.

They say it’s a cleaner-burning fuel for nuclear-power plants, with the potential to cut high-level nuclear-waste volumes in half. [I agree that thorium is cleaner burning]

“It makes a lot of sense in my view,” says Thomas Cochran, director of the nuclear program at the Natural Resources Defense Council, in Washington. He says that congressional action is needed to overcome resistance within the DOE to exploring thorium.

Using thorium in existing reactors means rethinking the “once through” nuclear fuel cycle employed today in most countries, including the United States. The cycle starts with uranium-oxide fuel enriched in the fissile uranium isotope U235. Fission of the uranium in a reactor generates heat to drive a nuclear power plant’s turbines, and it produces a highly radioactive blend of fission breakdown products, including plutonium that can be recovered to make nuclear weapons. Other fission products slow the chain reaction, requiring replacement of fuel every one or two years. The spent fuel is removed and stored on site, awaiting burial.

The challenge for thorium proponents is that the DOE already advocates another fuel cycle that promises to cut waste and manage proliferation risks: a so-called closed fuel cycle, whereby chemical reprocessing recovers plutonium from spent uranium fuel for reuse in conventional reactors.

Reprocessing is central to the DOE’s Global Nuclear Energy Partnership (GNEP), whereby major nuclear players such as the United States would guarantee uranium fuel supply to countries that promise to return spent fuel–the plutonium within which could be used to make nuclear weapons.

The GNEP has many critics who argue that the reprocessing of spent fuel will be costly, will increase rather than limit the risk of diversion of fissile materials, and will do little to reduce high-level waste volumes. The DOE’s plan is to burn recovered plutonium by blending it with uranium. This produces a hotter and more toxic spent fuel that can only be burned in breeder reactors. Those reactors have, to date, proved infeasible at commercial scale.

The global status of thorium reactor and molten salt reactors

Considering mass production of thorium reactors and links other Thorium articles

3 thoughts on “Congress pushes for re-examination of Thorium nuclear power”

  1. Please post more ways to shield against this weapon.

    I have been attacked with the space based version of the active denial system weapon and have not found a way to shield the 95 Gigahertz beam and have been using a grounded cage of Faraday and aluminum foil studio, led, steel wool, a fire proof safe and lately I have used wet towels which encounters the heating of the epidermis (skin) of the victim.

    In the cage of Faraday the attacks do not feel as painful as outside the Faraday cage but shielding against the cancer U M T S radiation is more important since all tests show a cancer risk increase with a factor 4 in people living within 350 meters from a cancer U M T S antenna mast.

    I do not believe Raytheons story that their weapon would not be a torture weapon nor that it would be harmless (it gives people a skin rash which is miss-diagnosed by doctors as a form of non contagious sebhorreic eczema for which an emulsion was described that did not relieve the symptoms caused by the 95 Gigahertz beam at all).

    Electro shock is still going on in some sick countries and M R I scans have shown Electro Convulsive electroshock Therapy always gives brain damage, so blow up those sick shrinks.

    I know their beam is very harmful, gives skin cancer and they are lying about it like they are lying about the Taser electro-shock weapons that killed many people.

    1 in 3 people has cancer.
    The rise in the amount of lung-cancer cases since 91 is synchronous with the roll out of the cancer G S M network in stead of the chicken wire cage of Faraday mesh roll-out.

    The oldest woman in the world was a smoker (miss Calment).
    Cannabis cured tumors in people according to D N A research you will find on:
    The cancer G S M lung cancer increase is covered up by your local government by printing ‘smoking kills’ on the packages of super light cigarettes because THEY KNOW T H C BLOCKS TUMORS FROM SPROUTING BY BLOCKING V E G F, so the tumors die. They are killing the tax payers deliberately with the tax payers own money as part of global 2000 and call it ‘population control’ in stead of mass murder.
    They spread cancer barium chemtrails deliberately which absorbs the cancer U M T S radiation which is used to do R N M, remote neural monitoring (to read peoples minds in lay-mens terms) see Brown patent (remotely monitoring a persons bio electric field which contains people E K G, E E G and E M G (muscle) Malech Patent (remotely altering peoples brain waves) and Hatayama patent (control of emotions).

    See. Depleted Uranium from Iraq reached Europe headline.
    The atomic weapons agency or something measured a higher amount of nuclear cancer-radiation than ever before in human history.

    They are also blocking the from the consumer market.
    16 kilograms of grain are needed to ‘produce’1 kilogram of bloody hormone meat. It is impossible to get all the blood out of the meat so the meat eaters are the real useless eaters responsible for the death of 11 children that die each minute in this world of hunger:

    Shielding against the cancer U M T S radiation is more important than shielding against their A D S 95 gigahertz skin burning beam if Raytheons claims that the beam would be harmless would be proven true however.

    For better info:

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