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As the presently mined higher-grade ores are exhausted, the
mining of lower-grade uranium ores will produce expensive U235
and will produce pollution problems associated with large scale
mining. Under the existing scenario, the bulk of the natural
uranium and thorium reserves will not be utilized as fuel, and
this will eventually begin to hinder nuclear growth. However,
this trend can be reversed through the utilization of fissile
fuel breeders. These advanced systems convert much of the
natural uranium and thorium to fissile fuel, and increase the
effective fissile fuel supply by about two orders of magnitude.
Use of advanced breeders symbiotically with LWRs would provide
the utilities sufficient quantity and price guarantee of fissile
fuel to commit to new LWR construction for a substantial period
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Kostoff, R.N. Status and prospects of advanced fissile fuel breeders, article, January 1, 1979; United States. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1205821/m1/8/: accessed April 26, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.