OT: what to do with the 37 billion $ in the Yucca Mountain "trust fund"

The government just discovered 37 billion$ in loose change
in the sofa. This was earmarked for high-level nuclear
waste disposal, most of which is not waste at all.
An opportunity exists for solving 4 urgent national
problems, using money the government has already collected.
Below is the email I just sent my Congressional
representatives. If this seems reasonable and you would
like to use this as a template to write your own
Congressional representatives, feel free to do so.
You can do so at zero cost using their webmail. To
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Senator Moran
Senator Roberts
Representative Jenkins
Representative Pompeo
Dr. George McDuffee
Mon, May 19, 2014
Solution of *FOUR* pressing national problems using existing
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The Energy Department will stop charging the fee by court
order Friday. It's only a small percentage of most
customers' bills, but adds up to $750 million a year. The
fund now holds $37 billion.
The money was collected to build a long-term disposal site
for the highly radioactive nuclear waste generated by the
nation's nuclear power plants that is, by law, the federal
government's responsibility.

It is rare an opportunity exists to solve 4 separate serious
national problems, without requiring considerable additional

productize existing LFTR [liquid fluoride thorium reactor]
technology for serial manufacture and deployment, using
[most of] the existing $37 billion in the high level nuclear
waste disposal trust fund [Yucca Mountain]. For LFTR
details see
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*PROBLEM 1: Disposal of high level nuclear waste. The large
fuel rods, which are not waste at all, as these still
contain 99.5% of the original nuclear energy. LFTR can use
these rods as auxiliary fuel, extracting the remaining 99.5%
of energy, reducing the bulk by 95% or more, reducing the
required secure storage time from tens of thousands of
years, to a few hundred, and the waste is already vitrified
[in glass] so is much safer (no leaks). Hundreds of tons of
for many years.
PROBLEM 2: Energy shortages in the U.S., for large scale
desalinization and pumping because of the drought, and for
electricity generation as coal is phased out. Deployment of
LFTRs can supply the energy, and in many cases can be
retrofit to existing coal fired electrical generating
stations because of the much higher LFTR operating
temperature. Once a LFTR is in place, it should only
require a few weeks to reroute the steam lines, avoiding
significant downtime.
*PROBLEM 3: There is an increasing waste disposal problem,
of not only municipal but also agricultural wastes. The
inexpensive electricity and high process heat of LFTR makes
the conversion of most any organic material, including
municipal and agricultural waste as well as coal to
synthetic petroleum very economically viable. Synthetic
petroleum produced from municipal/agricultural waste and
shale gas is particularly valuable because it is ultra low
sulfur/wax, producing premium diesel and jet fuel.
*PROBLEM 4: STEM unemployment and under-utilization of
domestic heavy industry remains excessively high.
Productization and deployment of LFTR will provide
significant employment for the large numbers of highly
skilled STEM workers currently unemployed, and will provide
our heavy industry with considerable demand for many years
for their services. In many cases these will not need to be
reactor companies, but ship yards, refinery or oil rig
manufacturers, etc. for much of the material. Deployment
will also provide a considerable boost to our domestic
electronic/electrical firms.
economically productive, and LFTR operation/maintenance will
provide long-term high-tech, high-pay jobs. The improvement
in the availability of domestic energy will support our
transition into the 21st century global economy.
I would be pleased to discuss this in greater depth, with
you or a member of your staff. Please feel free to forward
this email.
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