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The consequences of closure: The local cost of shutting down a nuclear power plant
When on May 7, 2013, the Kewaunee nuclear power plant in rural Wisconsin was shut down, it took with it more than 600 full-time jobs and more than $70 million in lost wages, not including temporary employment from refueling and maintenance outages. Taking into account indirect business-to-business activity, the total economic impact of the closure of the single-unit pressurized water reactor was estimated to be more than $630 million to the surrounding three-county area.
He Liaoyuan, Xia Shaopeng, Chen Jingen, Liu Guimin, Wu Jianhui, Zou Yang
Nuclear Science and Engineering | Volume 195 | Number 2 | February 2021 | Pages 185-202
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.1080/00295639.2020.1798728
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The molten chloride salt fast reactor (MCFR) with Th-U fuel cycle is attracting more and more attention because of its excellent performance, such as high solubility of actinides, superior breeding capacity, low waste production, and high inherent safety. First of all, the breeding capability of an MCFR at equilibrium state was optimized by an in-house automated optimization program. Based on an optimized MCFR, an investigation of Th-U cycle performance was performed. Due to the lack of available 233U in nature, transuranium (TRU), low-enriched uranium (LEU), and Pu were employed as the startup fissile materials, and two different transition scenarios, a breeding and burning (B&B) scenario and a pre-breeding and burning (PBB) scenario were studied. The results show that the breeding performance in an MCFR is attractive and that the Th-U fuel transition can be achieved smoothly by using LEU, Pu, or TRU as startup fissile materials. In the B&B scenario, the average net 233U production rate in the LEU-started, TRU-started, and Pu-started modes during 200-year operation is 374, 321, and 323 kg/a, respectively, at the reprocessing rate of 200 L/day. While in the PB&B scenario the average annual 233U production is about 570 kg for all startup cases at a reprocessing rate of 40 L/day, and the corresponding doubling time is about 9.6 years. Besides, the values of the fuel Doppler coefficient and density coefficient are negative, and the total temperature coefficient of reactivity in all scenarios is below −8 pcm/K. In addition, the value of radiotoxicity of the Th-U cycle in an MCFR is lower than that in other molten salt reactors like the molten-salt breeder reactor and the molten fluoride salt reactor due to the lower buildup of fission products and TRU under its hard spectrum.