Shutter mixed-oxide plant

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Making mixed oxide nuclear reactor fuel was begun as one of several ways to dispose of excess nuclear-weapons-grade plutonium, its continuing existence being a serious threat to us and to the world. MOX would be used as a commercial nuclear reactor fuel, and the plan was part of a cooperative effort with Russia. “Swords into plowshares.”

However, its construction cost has ballooned at least threefold, so it is likely now to be far too expensive for commercial nuclear reactor operators to buy without subsidy. That means a continuing waste of money as we operate the plant at Savannah River Site.

The MOX facilities were sized to have less than half the capacity for the job at that time. We should assume the reasoning for the small size was to demonstrate its feasibility. As the size of our nuclear arsenal continues to shrink and more plutonium needs to be disposed of, our MOX plant would be able to process a smaller and smaller fraction of it, already not much over a fifth. With what we already know, can’t we already conclude that a second, much larger MOX plant is not in the cards? If so, a different method will be needed and will likely be here at SRS, at far lower cost. With little doubt, we know that MOX has lost the bet, so why not end its construction?

It often is argued that we are obligated to continue with MOX to honor our agreement with Russia. However, are they even pursuing their own MOX commitment? Whatever, it is a flimsy argument, considering the money we are throwing at it.

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SCEagle Eye
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SCEagle Eye 08/14/13 - 05:11 am
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MOX means failure

The mismanaged MOX project is a perfect text book example of a failed project. Big government, with enduring "help" from AREVA and CB&I (Shaw), Senator Lind$ey Graham and Rep. Joe Wil$on, has totally bungled the project and already wasted over $4 billion of our money on the MOX plant construction. There's at least another $4 billion to spend on construction and here are no customers to use any MOX fuel. Time to pull the plug on this pork barrel project and pursue cheaper, safer options for plutonium disposition. Why aren't Graham and Wilson demanding an investigation and accountability for this massive boondoggle?

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soapy_725 08/14/13 - 06:58 am
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Splitting atoms was always, "lets do this and see what happens"
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Splitting atoms was always, "lets do this and see what happens"

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soapy_725 08/14/13 - 06:59 am
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Bikini Atoll did three times the damage expected. Who knew????
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Bikini Atoll did three times the damage expected. Who knew????

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soapy_725 08/14/13 - 07:00 am
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Hiroshima & Nagasaki were fire and no mutant generations? Who kn
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Hiroshima & Nagasaki were fire and no mutant generations? Who knew?

soapy_725
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soapy_725 08/14/13 - 07:01 am
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Chernobyl did not end the human race. Where are the mutants?
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Chernobyl did not end the human race. Where are the mutants?

soapy_725
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soapy_725 08/14/13 - 07:02 am
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Cancer is rampant & low level radiation the cause. Who cares?
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Cancer is rampant & low level radiation the cause. Who cares?

soapy_725
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soapy_725 08/14/13 - 07:03 am
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The men who opened this pandora's box are already dead.
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The men who opened this Pandora's box are already dead.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 08/14/13 - 09:15 am
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Could be a WIN-WIN

MOX could be a GREAT win-win stuation for the government and private nuclear industry !! The government could be getting rid of the cold-war plutonium nukes, AND the private nuclear industry could have a whole new fuel stream.

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corgimom 08/14/13 - 11:54 am
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There are cheap, safe ways to

There are cheap, safe ways to dispose of plutonium?

There are?

What are they?

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KSL 08/14/13 - 07:55 pm
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Corgi

I know you are an intelligent person. I just wonder how you have had the time to know so much about everything. And have the time to share it with us.

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