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RE: [newtech-1] Thorium: Clean Nuclear Energy?

From: Calvin C.
Sent on: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 6:19 PM

Assuming pure uranium, if all the material were removed from the tubes, it would fit perfectly into a dorm room refrigerator this big:

 

http://www.amazon.com/Haier-HSB03BB-Compact-3-Cubic-Foot-Refrigerator/dp/B000MV0OTO

 

There are 403 tubes of the material worth $100 billion of today’s dollars in replacement cost.  Cost to dispose, $473 million.  That works out to $1.17 million per tube. But consider this to be long term storage at about ½ of 1% of the value of the goods. Then that’s not bad at all.

 

<tongue-in-cheek>Consider the annual radiation exposure limit would be reached with perhaps a day of exposure… What would you charge to be the guy climbing up and down this hole and burying it? Including hush money? J</tongue-in-cheek>

 

I think right now they’re sitting in a sort of a shed in Tennessee with inadequate environmental, safety and security protection*.  So unless there is specifically a use for it, it’s worse to just leave it alone.

 

If nobody is currently using it, and it is stolen (consider the whole amount could fit inside of a wheelbarrow), and if ground-up, could be used to poison hundreds of millions of people.  It’s certainly worth $473 million to more adequately safeguard it.  And sure, if it’s needed, dig it back up.

 

* http://graphics8.nytimes.com/news/business/alvarez.pdf

 

 

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From: [address removed] [mailto:[address removed]] On Behalf Of Dean Collins
Sent: Tuesday, December 11,[masked]:49 PM
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Subject: RE: [newtech-1] Thorium: Clean Nuclear Energy?

 

Uhm how about the issue of spending $500m to bury it in the first place….

 


Cheers,

Dean


 

From: [address removed] [mailto:[address removed]] On Behalf Of Calvin Chu
Sent: Tuesday, December 11,[masked]:15 PM
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Subject: RE: [newtech-1] Thorium: Clean Nuclear Energy?

 

And by “destroying,” they mean find a hidey-hole, pay $500M to contractors to bury it there, and then make the contractors swear never to tell where X-marks-the-spot.  U-233 has a half-life of 159,200 years, so pretty sure if it’s needed, you can just go there and dig it back up.  Am I missing something?

 

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From: [address removed] [mailto:[address removed]] On Behalf Of EddieN
Sent: Monday, December 03,[masked]:27 AM
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Subject: [newtech-1] Thorium: Clean Nuclear Energy?

 

I thought that this was interesting:

 

"One critical advantage America has over any other nation developing this technology is our Uranium-233 stockpile. We have about 1 ton of pure Uranium-233, a rare isotope not found in nature. It was isolated at a taxpayer cost of $4.5 billion in today's dollars. No one else on the planet has such a resource. And we are spending $500 million to destroy it. Right now.

 

Private industry is actively developing this technology (as are other nations), but DoE destruction of U-233 puts the future viability of this technology at risk! Please take a moment to sign the Thorium Petition and halt this mind-boggling destruction."

 

 

Eddie

 

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