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I have been an advocate of thorium based nuclear power for a long time. There are certain advantages that thorium based nuclear technology has over uranium and plutonium systems that make it appealing, as long as the nuclear genie is out of the bottle anyway. Others have written about this and there is no point in my wasting bandwidth on it here. Fort St. Vrain Generating Station, one of the very few HTGR Thorium plants ever operated in the US sat a half hour from here from 1979 to 1989. As prototypical operations go, the plant had a history of upsets and unforeseen complications and was decommissioned after a decade of sub-commercial output. Eventually the plant was converted to a natural gas turbine plant and runs to this day in that capacity.
So it was of interest to learn that the venerable European company Solvay has teamed up with AREVA to develop thorium technology. Uranium and rare earth processing, as well as other minerals produce side streams enriched in thorium. According to the link, both players have been accumulating inventories of thorium. Hmmm. What could they be up to…?
This video was produced at Pultroon Studios in Smoldering Forest, Colorado.
The subject had received 15.7 mCi of 18F-glucose 6 hours prior to filming. His current whereabouts are unknown.
Let’s get to the core of the matter. Physicians need to take charge of this since only they have any real control. It’s a pretty goddamned simple concept. Doc’s who are calling for x-ray’s need to begin recording calculated dosing from this hazardous energy. If it is too troublesome for them, then the x-ray techs should record the information.
CT scanning seems to be problematic. There is no business incentive to hold back on CT use in for-profit settings. I suppose that documentation would only reveal the extent and magnitude of x-ray use. It would be fodder for malpractice law firms.
I can just see the billboards- Have you or a loved one ever gotten a tan from x-rays? If you have, call Dooleysquat, Schwartz and Schmuck for a free consultation. Do it Now!
The IEEE article “24 Hours at Fukushima” is a detailed account of the events that rapidly unfolded during the earthquake induced nuclear disaster at the TEPCO Fukushima nuclear plant on the Pacific coast of Japan. It is well worth a look.
An alert was declared on June 7th, 2011, at the Fort Calhoun nuclear generating plant north of Omaha, NE. The plant is next to the Missouri River which has been at some level of flood stage recently. According to the NRC, a fire ocurred briefly affecting some electrical equipment necessary for safe operation of the plant. Within a few hours the plant operators exited the alert when the necessary access to equipment was regained.
For a short time the plant lost its ability to cool the spent fuel pool cooling water. While the incident did not result in any unsafe temperature rise in the pool, the licensee was obligated to declare the alert. The plant remained safely shut down during the event, though afterward the plant remained under an Unusual Event Declaration due to the condition of the Missouri River. The FAA issued a temporary flight restriction within two nautical miles of the plant.
Another good site for well informed updates on the unfolding Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster can be found at MIT NSE Nuclear Information Hub.
Thanks to Les for the heads up.