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If the EPA wasn't forcing the US to continue using 40 year old reactors we might some newer and safer stuff by now. It'll be great when we move completely to renewable energy and we're all bankrupt at the same time.
Any idea why that is? The Gen IV design (molten salt reactor) is inherently meltdown proof. Also, using thorium yields 99% efficiency versus the ~3-5% efficiency of uranium. Not to mention the fact that thorium is much more abundant and easily mined
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Well, tritium only emits lower power beta radiation which cannot penetrate skin. Supposedly, ingesting it is much more harmful. I can't fathom it being a large difference in carrying my .45 w/ night sights daily, imho. I've not seen any actual long term tests that prove or disprove it's supposed highly negative effects health wise.

Tritium is also injected (along with deuterium) into the core of nuclear weapons to exponentially increase the power of the weapon during it's initial reaction stages. That important step is what turned atomic weapons, into the extremely powerful fission-fusion hybrid weapons we know of today. Not that that has anything to do with it being more, or less dangerous if ingested. Just putting the info out there.

And yeah, this is certainly not a uranium/plutonium/cobalt-60 situation of dangerous radioactivity at all. So, no need in running to the bomb shelter.
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Interesting. I didn't think of it being more potent inside the body. I did a bit of googling and from what I gather, the amounts being released are too small to pose a health risk, even if ingested. Plus, this isn't like radioactive iodine which can stay inside you for life; it is flushed from the body in 10 days. Personally, I'm not worried any my water comes from a lake beside a large nuclear power plant. I'v received far more radiation in my life from working on sites with leaking radioactive waste a few feet underground.
These two quotes should be broadcasted across the entire world. Very well said
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The Gen Iv reactors are something that needs to make it to use.
Progression of technology is the only way to make it more reliable.
 
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Any idea why that is? The Gen IV design (molten salt reactor) is inherently meltdown proof. Also, using thorium yields 99% efficiency versus the ~3-5% efficiency of uranium. Not to mention the fact that thorium is much more abundant and easily mined
Yea I'd love to see Thorium reactors completely replace all of our current nuclear reactors, but the EPA and Greenpeace would rather we all use 100% renewable energy for everything, even if we cannot afford it.
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Any idea why that is? The Gen IV design (molten salt reactor) is inherently meltdown proof. Also, using thorium yields 99% efficiency versus the ~3-5% efficiency of uranium. Not to mention the fact that thorium is much more abundant and easily mined
they are too busy trying to maximize profits
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they are too busy trying to maximize profits
And more being more efficient and using more abundant materials doesn't increase profits?
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bye bye nuclear power. :/
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How about we just close these facilities down to make new ones, using the Obama Care Plan to pay for it all, sounds good to me Alli...
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It's nothing new, the big corporations are all about making a fast buck by not maintaining their facilities. Nuclear power is a dead end because big business can score far more profit on our dwindling supply of oil, and everyone knows, corporates have more fun fowling the environment will billions of barrels of oil spilled out of their decaying infrastructure (or their derilect boats operated by drunks) - and the Nuke execs want part of that fun by doing what they can to spoil the environment for short term profits.
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