Thorium fuel has risks

Ashley, Stephen and Parks, Geoff and Nuttall, Bill and Boxall, Colin and Grimes, Robin (2012) Thorium fuel has risks. Nature, 492 (7427). pp. 31-33. ISSN 0028-0836

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Abstract

Thorium is being touted as a potential wonder fuel. Proponents believe that this element could be used in a new generation of nuclear-power plants to produce relatively safe, low-carbon energy with more resistance against potential nuclear-weapons proliferation than uranium. Although thorium offers some benefits, we contend that the public debate is too one-sided: small-scale chemical reprocessing of irradiated thorium can create an isotope of uranium that could be used in nuclear weap-ons, raising proliferation concerns.

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Nature
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14 Dec 2012 09:09
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