Gallery: UK Proposes MOX Power Plants to Reuse Stockpile of Separated P...


Since Japan’s Fukushima disaster, countries around the world have been assessing their individual futures with nuclear energy. Japan and Germany are both planning phase-outs, but many other governments are still debating the issue. In the UK, the Royal Society has proposed an innovative solution: construct mixed-oxide fuel (MOX) plant to reuse the country’s large stockpile of separated plutonium as part of a long-term nuclear strategy.

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  1. FroguetteMiNote October 15, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    You know the saying, “if it looks too good to be true, it *is* too good to be true”?

    Well, Mox has at least 90% uranium in it, is much more hazardous to produce, handle and transport than uranium, more dangerous to use in any type of reactor and much slower to cool down than regular fuel after it is “burned” (spent nuclear fuel is a major threat these days, much more than nuclear power plants or weapons grade plutonium).
    Also, and even more importantly, weapons grade plutonium CANNOT be recycled into MOX.

    (+ BTW spent Mox fuel is impossible to reuse.)

    So to me this proposal verges on a political scam, based on financial nuclear lobby parrott talk (alas, it might be that politicians themselves are scammed in the process). :(

  2. lazyreader October 13, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    MOX fuel is essentially leftovers, what a better way to get rid of it than to put it to work in the energy sector. It also proposes an interesting solution as to what to do with nuclear warhead stockpile when arms limitation reduces the need for active warheads which cannot be stored indefinitely.

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