NDA Position Paper
I should point out for the unwary that this document refers to MOX in vague terms. What the NDA mean by MOX is Uranium-Plutonium MOX not Thorium-Plutonium MOX.
The NDA's position is still that Thorium-Plutonium MOX is never going to be a credible option on the timescales over which it operates (tens to hundreds of years)
What I hate about government consultations is that they take an instantaneous snapshot of opinion? This snapshot can be wrong or premature and dominated by incumbents whose business models are failing. They take a snapshot without properly encouraging participation form potential new entrants.
Government then work with these snapshots unproductively for many years stonewalling all other enquiries until they eventually find that their original consultation has been left behind by events.
Then they start a new consultation.
Why not state a price to get rid of plutonium per kg transmuted, that applies to all private sector schemes?
If the NDA gives 100 kg of plutonium and they are handed back waste containing 1 kg of plutonium, then the net reduction is 99 kg.
If the price of transmuting long lived plutonium actinide waste is set at £6000 per kg and the cost for taking it back is set at £12,000 per kg
Then the NDA pays the third party company 99 * £6000 = £594,000 and the third party company pays the NDA 1 * £12,000 = £12,000
- a net payment of £582,000
However if the third party company only reduces the plutonium by two thirds then they make no money from the transaction, just from the energy released in burning plutonium.
Therefore the process must be a lot better than 66% efficient in transmuting plutonium and other long lived actinides for the third party company to make significant money from this transaction.
The numbers are just guesses and can be changed as is found appropriate.
This way what can be done physically with the plutonium stockpile becomes transparent, above board and measurable economically. Storing long lived nuclear waste is costly and there should be an economic premium put on methods that can get rid of it.
At the moment my distinct impression is that the NDA is an organisation without proper leadership and direction. I suppose I am just biased because I have been stonewalled in regards to my Wlfa conversation initiative.