Re Fusion

Dennis Putnam dap at ILINKS.NET
Wed Jun 4 17:07:47 MDT 1997


At 10:55 PM 6/3/97 -0700, you wrote:
>I read once that back in the 50s a reactor was developed that would make it
>possible for a reactor to operate for 40 years with one shipment of fuel.
>Two loads of fuel would be sent in.  The first would be put in the reactor
>and the other would be stored until later.  When the first load of fuel
>needed to be replaced the second would be installed and the first would be
>reprocessed so that enough of the fission by products were removed that the
>remaining fuel could be used again.  This of course would result in a much
>smaller volume of waste.  If this is true then it sounds like another case
>of government screwing up everything it touches.

I believe you are referring to a breeder reactor. The reason this died is
because the reprocessed material is high grade fissionable material. This
was considered too high a security risk since, with that stuff, even Sadam
could build a thermonuclear device.


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Dennis Putnam
Loganville, Ga.

Stupid quote epitomizing modern liberalism:

"The whole point of the Constitution is to limit at some point and in some
way popular will."
Robert Post, Berkeley law professor on Ca. prop. 209 restraining order.
(L.A. Times)

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