Brazil Joins the Very Closed Uranium Enriching Club

At the moment, when anyone mentions nuclear program, all eyes turn to Iran and its dispute with the United States and the European Union. The problem is that there are strong suspicions that the objective of the Iranian nuclear program is to eventually build a bomb.

The Brazilian nuclear program does not have that problem. According to Carlos Freire Moreira, a director at Indústrias Nucleares do Brasil, which will be operating Brazil’s first uranium enrichment factory in Resende, Rio de Janeiro, the program is exclusively industrial and commercial, and will supply the country’s nuclear power plants with fuel.

Moreira points out that Brazil is a signatory to all the nuclear non-proliferation treaties and that the Resende factory will be overseen by the Brazil-Argentina Nuclear Energy Application Agency. He also reports that Brazil presently has a good relationship with the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Aquilino Serra, a researcher at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, says that when the Resende factory goes into operation the only international concern will be with possible competition from a new player in the restricted field of uranium enrichment.

The plant is ready to go into operation any day now. The only consideration seems to be to find a date in which Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva can be present for the starting ceremony.

Serra says Brazil should not have any problems with inspections, as long as they take place within the framework established, which offer Brazil protection for its processing technology.

Serra points out that the Brazilian factory will enrich uranium by 5%, which is the limit for industrial/commercial purposes. "In order to make a bomb, you have to enrich to 95%," he explains.

Agência Brasil

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    Japan has in fact opened many new reactors over the last few years with more in progress.

  • Guest

    Nuclear programs.
    Nuclear programs are effectively very dangerous when in hands of some countries.

    But Nuclear program is the answer to the world energy shortage.

    Did you know that France for instance produces over 75 % of their electricity by
    Nuclear reactors ! Yeaps, so it is !

    So despite the environmentalists, no doubt this will be the key to energy shortage if oil continues to go higher and higher.

    After all, no Nuclear reactors have been built in the U.S.A, Japan or the EU for already many many years. some exisiting reactors plants have even been closed, because of the environmentalists pressures !
    In the U.S.A. alone no Nuclear reactor was built during the last 30 years.

    Technology and security has also dramatically been improved since then.
    Just look Brazil or China, they are still building new Nuclear reactors.

    Therefore just wait when developed nations, the major consumers of oil, will be more strangled with the energy shortage and when they will have no alternative but to build new reactors. More the price of oil goes up the more nuclear reactors will be built again.
    At one point when that decision will be taken not only by developed nations but also by large developing countries such as Brazil or China, new reactors will mushroom everywhere but on the planet but not in every country.

    Price of energy will then simply collapse as it already did several times in the past.

    And bye bye again to your sugarcane, soya or canola bio-fuel, even if a small portion in the mix will remain to avoid the closing of all the new plants that were built.

    It already happened, there is no reason it wont happen again !

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