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09/13/2014

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Peter Maier

Uranium and Thorium are two fuel sources for nuclear reactors. Uranium reactors produce Plutonium that can be used in nuclear bombs. Thorium reactors do not, but have many advantages, especially safety, over uranium reactors.
If sixty years ago Thorium had been selected over Uranium, most of the electricity in the nation now probably would be generated in such Thorium nuclear reactors. But then hindsight is always 20/20.

R. Gregory Stein

I would hope that Ms. Pederson would put the future safety of the nuclear power plants above the expedience of giving companies such as First Energy every thing they want, including the per forma approval of their pending application to extend their license to operate the Davis-Besse plant another 20 years. Davis-Besse has a questionable safety record in the recent past that raises major safety questions about the current plant as it ages and deteriorates, to the detriment of those living in proximity of the plant. Do not count on First Energy's management, who place stock performance and accountability to their shareholders above the safety of the people who work at the plant and residents living near Davis-Besse. People such as CEO Alexander and the FE senior management team live no where near DB. We do.

Tom

I've heard that about thorium, too, Peter. Isn't it also more plentiful in the environment? I know one of the issues about today's nuclear is just finding the uranium and then mining it and milling it into fuel pellets. It's much more labor intensive, costly and polluting than people realize. Nuclear fuel doesn't come from out of nowhere. Nuclear's still a low-carbon source of energy, pound for pound, but it's not zero. People need to look at the whole fuel-to-disposal cycle, not just look at operations.

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