Reply to post: Re: Thorium Cycle Reactors

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Keith Oborn

Re: Thorium Cycle Reactors

Thorium reactors have been built, but not for some time.

Why? Because they don't produce tasty isotopes of elements like Plutonium, so the military/government gains no benefits, doesn't put in any investment--. Look at where all the fundamental money for Uranium fission technology came from.

Add to that the reduced need for complex mining operations, and the near-elimination of all those juicy waste reprocessing, storage and decommissioning contracts, and it's no wonder the commercial nuclear operators aren't interested. No gravy train.

I understand, though, that India and China are putting money into Thorium.

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