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BBC News – Thorium backed as a ‘future fuel’

November 3, 2013

The Invisible Opportunity: Hidden Truths Revealed

By Roger Harrabin Environment analyst, Halden in Norway

Thorium Thorium could prove to be safer in reactors than uranium

Nuclear scientists are being urged by the former UN weapons inspector Hans Blix to develop thorium as a new fuel.

Mr Blix says that the radioactive element may prove much safer in reactors than uranium.

It is also more difficult to use thorium for the production of nuclear weapons.

His comments will add to growing levels of interest in thorium, but critics warn that developing new reactors could waste public funds.

Mr Blix, the former Swedish foreign minister, told BBC News: \”I’m a lawyer not a scientist but in my opinion we should be trying our best to develop the use of thorium. I realise there are many obstacles to be overcome but the benefits would be great.

\”I am told that thorium will be safer in reactors – and it…

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