Thorium not proliferation proof, scientists warn

In a recent paper published in the magazine Nature, four experts in nuclear power at British universities cautioned that thorium, the fuel that has been widely promoted as possibly the future of nuclear power generation, is not as risk free as some have suggested.

The piece notes that, using standard lab equipment, it may be possible to produce uranium-232 from thorium beyond the oversight of regulatory groups like the IAEA. "Thorium certainly has benefits,” the paper’s lead author, Dr. Steven Ashley, told Science Daily, “but we think that the public debate regarding its proliferation-resistance so far has been too one-sided.

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