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Petitioning Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and 5 others

Research Thorium as Alternative Fuel

Thorium has significant advantages over the industry standard uranium fuel, as it is much more efficient, abundant, and less expensive. For example, when thorium is used in a Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor, as researched by Alvin Weinberg in the 1950s, the reactor can not melt down, explode, and requires significantly less funds for construction and operation than Light Water Reactors. Not only is there a significant reduction in nuclear waste from a Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor compared to the uranium powered Light Water Reactor, thorium waste can not be used for nuclear weapons. Despite these advantages, thorium has received very little attention. Government spending needs to be allocated to research the potential of the fuel for future nuclear reactors. Thorium can not be ignored any longer.

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  • Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
  • Senator
    Angus King
  • Senator
    Susan Collins

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