- Posted November 2, 2012 by
Millville, New Jersey
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Your vision for America
Prosperity through Energy Independence
We need to have the Nuclear Regulatory Commission create a regulatory framework to allow thorium molten salt reactor development by companies such as Flibe Energy in Huntsville, Alabama. The reason this technology is not already in place is because it was incompatible with making material for nuclear weapons when the MSR project at Oak Ridge was canceled by the Nixon administration. The national laboratory had built and demonstrated a successful molten salt reactor, fueled by thorium.
Unlike the high-pressure water-cooled reactors currently used, the MSR operates at low pressure, so there is no danger of explosion in the event of cooling system failure, such as happened at Fukishima. The MSR presents no hazard of meltdown, as the coolant salt is already molten, and if there is a loss of cooling, the molten salt drains into tanks which are passively cooled and whose configuration prevents the continuation of nuclear reactions.
The Thorium Energy Alliance is working to raise public awareness of this technology which can give us energy independence, end pollution and carbon emissions from the burning of fossil fuels, and revive our economy. That is our vision for America.