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  •  Isn't this part of the MOX gig? (2+ / 0-)
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    KenBee, buddabelly

    You know, burning 'hotter' plutonium fuel in the same old reactor so as to have enough steam pressure to turn the bigger turbine(s)? Is Turkey Point now burning MOX fuel, or have they received clearance to do so?

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      buddabelly, Joieau

      As far as I know, Catawba is the only plant to apply for approval to burn MOX fuel. At any rate, you appear to be confusing MOX's smaller "beta" (delayed neutron fraction) compared to uranium and fuel enrichment. It is the enrichment (in either U-238 or Pu-239) that determines a plant's ability to run at a higher power level over an entire operating cycle. The beta is more relevant to escoteric issues of plant responce under certain accident scenarios.

      DOE has been trying to push MOX on the industry for awhile but for various reasons utilities aren't exactly crawling over each other to get it.  

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