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Uranium Is So Last Century Enter Thorium, the New Green Nuke
geni.org ^ | dec 21, 2009 | Richard Martin

Posted on 04/18/2010 12:55:27 PM PDT by Titus-Maximus

The thick hardbound volume was sitting on a shelf in a colleague’s office when Kirk Sorensen spotted it. A rookie NASA engineer at the Marshall Space Flight Center, Sorensen was researching nuclear-powered propulsion, and the book’s title — Fluid Fuel Reactors — jumped out at him. He picked it up and thumbed through it. Hours later, he was still reading, enchanted by the ideas but struggling with the arcane writing. “I took it home that night, but I didn’t understand all the nuclear terminology,” Sorensen says. He pored over it in the coming months, ultimately deciding that he held in his hands the key to the world’s energy future.

Published in 1958 under the auspices of the Atomic Energy Commission as part of its Atoms for Peace program, Fluid Fuel Reactors is a book only an engineer could love: a dense, 978-page account of research conducted at Oak Ridge National Lab, most of it under former director Alvin Weinberg. What caught Sorensen’s eye was the description of Weinberg’s experiments producing nuclear power with an element called thorium.

At the time, in 2000, Sorensen was just 25, engaged to be married and thrilled to be employed at his first serious job as a real aerospace engineer. A devout Mormon with a linebacker’s build and a marine’s crew cut, Sorensen made an unlikely iconoclast. But the book inspired him to pursue an intense study of nuclear energy over the next few years, during which he became convinced that thorium could solve the nuclear power industry’s most intractable problems. After it has been used as fuel for power plants, the element leaves behind minuscule amounts of waste. And that waste needs to be stored for only a few hundred years, not a few hundred thousand like other nuclear byproducts.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government
KEYWORDS: energy; nuclearpower
Thorium - something to work on besides wasting money on wind and solar!!!!

It is cheaper than uranium, does not make U239 and plutonium (i.e. no weapons), no runaway meltdowns, and the waste lasts hundreds of years and not thousands. The reactors will be cheaper and smarter. The world would have gone with thorium if it weren't for weapons development from uranium.

China and India will pick up and run with the thorium industry while America wastes valuable time and resources on wind and solar which creates more CO2 than it prevents and is useless for a 24/7/365 economy.

Can we get back to useful productive science, rather than using junk science to make up false problems about global warming and then making up more fantasy about solving it with wind and solar! Al Gore is running a ponzi-scheme-circle-jerk and decrying Co2 in the most arrogant way possible. If people actually believed that Co2 will kill us - and we have not yet started to build nukes than somebody in charge ought to get arrested. (No one truly believes that Co2 is killing us, that's why this is a stepped down hurry, a jogging speed, not a sprint.)

1 posted on 04/18/2010 12:55:27 PM PDT by Titus-Maximus
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To: Titus-Maximus

Do you know how abundant Thorium is? Where is it primarily produced?


2 posted on 04/18/2010 1:05:04 PM PDT by spyone (ridiculum)
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To: Titus-Maximus

Truman’s Atoms for Peace project was a proliferation scam from Day 1 anyway.

And back to weapons, we need the Neutron Bomb.


3 posted on 04/18/2010 1:10:46 PM PDT by Arthur Wildfire! March (Weakening McCain strengthens our borders, weakens guest worker aka amnesty)
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To: spyone

Thorium wiki page:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thorium


4 posted on 04/18/2010 1:11:14 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: Titus-Maximus
From 41st Lunar & Planetary Science Conference (2010)

5 posted on 04/18/2010 1:14:29 PM PDT by Prospero (non est ad astra mollis e terris via)
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To: Titus-Maximus
It is cheaper than uranium, does not make U239 and plutonium (i.e. no weapons), no runaway meltdowns, and the waste lasts hundreds of years and not thousands. The reactors will be cheaper and smarter. The world would have gone with thorium if it weren't for weapons development from uranium.

Now, where did you get your Nuclear Engineering degree?

6 posted on 04/18/2010 1:18:35 PM PDT by ColdWater ("The theory of evolution really has no bearing on what I'm trying to accomplish with FR anyway. ")
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To: spyone

while America wastes valuable time and resources on wind and solar.
While America allows these crooks to dictate and strangle America!


7 posted on 04/18/2010 1:20:06 PM PDT by ronnie raygun (The light is about to go out, do your part)
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To: Yardstick; steelyourfaith; neverdem

Worthwhile evaluating - though I am very, very skeptical of ANY energy idea supported by Harry Reid. (2008, with Hatch, was sponsoring a Thorium program....)

India a building a Th reactor, with intentions to make 5 more once the first goes on line in 2011-2012 timeframe.


8 posted on 04/18/2010 1:20:20 PM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but socialists' ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: spyone

http://www.thoriumenergy.com/ We have the largest supply, and it might be best if the US stays interested in the Moon and the space program.


9 posted on 04/18/2010 1:38:23 PM PDT by givemELL (Does Taiwan eet the Criteria to Qualify as an "Overseas Territory of the United States"? by Richar)
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To: Titus-Maximus

STP Units 3 & 4 Move Forward with EPC Agreement
Wadsworth, Texas – Feb. 25, 2009 – STP Nuclear Operating Company, Nuclear Innovation North America LLC (NINA)*, CPS Energy and Toshiba America Nuclear Energy Corp. (TANE) have signed and executed the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) agreement for proposed STP Units 3 & 4.

TANE will provide engineering and development services on a time and materials basis until the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) issues a license for Units 3 & 4. Once the federal license is granted, the EPC agreement will become lump-sum and turnkey, with performance and schedule guarantees.

“This is another significant accomplishment in making the new units a reality,” said Kevin Richards, Group Vice President, STP Units 3 & 4. “The execution of the EPC agreement concludes lengthy and detailed negotiations on virtually all aspects of the project. We continue to make substantial progress in licensing and constructing the first new nuclear reactors in the U.S. in nearly three decades.”
The agreement follows the NRC’s announcement on Feb. 11 of a review schedule for STP’s license application to build and operate the units. Based on the NRC’s schedule, the license likely will be granted in 2012.

NINA and CPS Energy each currently have a 50-percent share in the proposed plant expansion. NINA has announced that additional investors will be sought, with the expectation that NINA and CPS Energy will have 40 percent each and a new partner will have a 20 percent share. NRG Energy last week said that 15 parties have expressed interest in buying the minority share.

STP supplies approximately 7.5 percent of the electricity used in Texas. The plant is managed by the STP Nuclear Operating Company and owned by Austin Energy, CPS Energy and NRG Texas. STP’s twin reactors produce 2,700 megawatts of carbon-free energy, powering more than two million homes and businesses throughout Texas. To learn more about STP, visit www.stpnoc.com.


10 posted on 04/18/2010 1:43:02 PM PDT by ColdWater ("The theory of evolution really has no bearing on what I'm trying to accomplish with FR anyway. ")
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To: Titus-Maximus

11 posted on 04/18/2010 1:47:34 PM PDT by ColdWater ("The theory of evolution really has no bearing on what I'm trying to accomplish with FR anyway. ")
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To: Titus-Maximus

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12 posted on 04/18/2010 1:49:57 PM PDT by ColdWater ("The theory of evolution really has no bearing on what I'm trying to accomplish with FR anyway. ")
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To: ColdWater; Titus-Maximus

Article is very very suspect.

Article states that Rickover (Father of Nuclear Power for Navy) was against thorium
FACT - Bettis Labs (which is the Navy lab that helped develop nuclear power for the Navy) - helped commercialize nuclear power (Shippingport PA reactor). Later - Bettis developed a Light water breeder reactor core for Shippingport - using seed material of Uranium and a blanket material of Thorium. So much of the initial work on the Thorium cycle was accomplished under the auspices of H.G.Rickover!

What the article fails to clarify is that Thorium can’t be used in a reactor by itself. It must be converted to U233 by breeding. After breeding - if the Thorium were to be in rods containing only Thorium (not mixed oxide with U235 and U238) - the converted U233 could be separated out from the unconverted Thorium and made into bomb material.

The article is correct in that fission products from U233, which came from Thorium has more preferential decay products than fission products from U235. But if we reprocessed our spent fuel - neither would be much of a problem.

(My Nuclear Engineering expertise comes from Navy Nuclear Power Training, and working in civilian nuclear power industry.)


13 posted on 04/18/2010 1:50:50 PM PDT by Vineyard
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To: Titus-Maximus

Great post. Thanks.


14 posted on 04/18/2010 1:52:34 PM PDT by frithguild (I gave to Joe Wilson the day after, to Scott Brown seven days before and next to JD Hayworth.)
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To: Titus-Maximus

What about Thulium and Thalium?


15 posted on 04/18/2010 1:52:37 PM PDT by x
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To: Vineyard

Your post is spot on. Additional, there were fuel fabrication and neutron economy issues. Going uranium had nothing to do with the bomb program but everything about the navy nuclear program.


16 posted on 04/18/2010 1:56:02 PM PDT by ColdWater ("The theory of evolution really has no bearing on what I'm trying to accomplish with FR anyway. ")
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To: frithguild
I just can't seem to believe that this writer for wired.com knows more about nuclear power than the hundreds of nuclear engineers in our country ...

or these guys?

17 posted on 04/18/2010 2:03:38 PM PDT by ColdWater ("The theory of evolution really has no bearing on what I'm trying to accomplish with FR anyway. ")
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To: x
What about Thulium and Thalium?

Not even remotely useful for energy production.

18 posted on 04/18/2010 2:06:34 PM PDT by ColdWater ("The theory of evolution really has no bearing on what I'm trying to accomplish with FR anyway. ")
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To: Titus-Maximus
I normally lurk, but I've been following this blog for a few years and it has links about how you would build, fuel, and operate a thorium based reactor.

His latest entry talks about the history of nuclear energy policy. He shows how decisions made during and just after WW II have gotten us to where we are now.

Energy from Thorium

19 posted on 04/18/2010 2:09:03 PM PDT by between_the_lines_mn
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To: Titus-Maximus
and the waste lasts hundreds of years and not thousands.


20 posted on 04/18/2010 2:13:05 PM PDT by ColdWater ("The theory of evolution really has no bearing on what I'm trying to accomplish with FR anyway. ")
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To: spyone

Australia and India hold about half of the world’s reserves.


21 posted on 04/18/2010 2:21:33 PM PDT by Hoodat (For the weapons of our warfare are mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.)
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To: between_the_lines_mn

I love it. A 25 year old aerospace guy picks up a book written in 1958 and duh, he is an expert. I guess I should have dropped out of nuclear engineering when I read that 1958 book and saved myself thousands of dollars and opened up my own website. Oops. They didn’t have websites in 1975 ...


22 posted on 04/18/2010 2:23:42 PM PDT by ColdWater ("The theory of evolution really has no bearing on what I'm trying to accomplish with FR anyway. ")
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To: ColdWater
I am not a nuclear (or nucular) scientist. I'm a layman in that sense. But I read the Global Energy Network Institute article (no, it's not a scientific paper). It seems from what they said, that Thorium was well researched at Oak Ridge in the early nuke era and discarded because of the need for plutonium for weapons. Since, at that time, books and journals were the only media available to science, it was simply forgotten.

Is the article wrong in its assertion?

23 posted on 04/18/2010 3:31:26 PM PDT by oneolcop (Lead, Follow or Get the Hell Out of the Way!)
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE

Oh! My Friend! Please don’t underestimate Harry! He knows that under Obama and the Dems, clean energy can make someone - correction: Harry - VERY wealthy! It’s Perfect! It’s clean, cheap, abundant, and Harry somehow has his hands in it is my bet.....


24 posted on 04/18/2010 3:40:14 PM PDT by majormaturity
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To: oneolcop

Yes.


25 posted on 04/18/2010 3:43:45 PM PDT by ColdWater ("The theory of evolution really has no bearing on what I'm trying to accomplish with FR anyway. ")
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To: ColdWater

Thanks


26 posted on 04/18/2010 3:49:02 PM PDT by oneolcop (Lead, Follow or Get the Hell Out of the Way!)
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To: Titus-Maximus

bflr


27 posted on 04/18/2010 3:50:23 PM PDT by Captain Beyond (The Hammer of the gods! (Just a cool line from a Led Zep song))
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To: oneolcop

Just to clarify, Thorium is a vital path, it is just not the pie-in-the-sky story that the guy is telling. If fact, the Chinese have rejected the technology that he is promoting.


28 posted on 04/18/2010 3:56:41 PM PDT by ColdWater ("The theory of evolution really has no bearing on what I'm trying to accomplish with FR anyway. ")
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To: oneolcop

Did you read GENI’s mission? Also go to their page of endorsements and find the real story.

“GENI’s mission is to conduct research and to educate world leaders and the public about the critical viability of the interconnection of electric power networks between nations and continents, with an emphasis on tapping abundant renewable energy resources, what we call ‘the GENI Initiative.’ Our research shows that linking renewables between all nations will mollify conflicts, grow economies and increase the quality of life and health for all. This is a strategy rooted in the highest priority of the World Game simulation developed by Dr. Buckminster Fuller three decades ago.”


29 posted on 04/18/2010 4:22:49 PM PDT by ColdWater ("The theory of evolution really has no bearing on what I'm trying to accomplish with FR anyway. ")
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I love it. A 25 year old aerospace guy picks up a book written in 1958 and duh, he is an expert

Well said....

30 posted on 04/18/2010 4:25:54 PM PDT by ScreamingFist
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To: oneolcop; Titus-Maximus

Titus, did you see what your GENI org is really about? Do you really think they are promoting nuclear power? Q/A from their site.


How do we provide sufficient electricity for everyone in an ecologically sustainable way?

A: First, understand that there is no energy scarcity. The renewable energies (wind, solar, hydro, geothermal, tidal and biomass) are abundant far beyond our needs — and several are now cost competitive. So, tap renewable resources in remote sites (where they are usually found), and move the power via high-voltage transmission lines, which now can reach 7000 kilometers, connecting nations and continents.


31 posted on 04/18/2010 4:27:07 PM PDT by ColdWater ("The theory of evolution really has no bearing on what I'm trying to accomplish with FR anyway. ")
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To: ScreamingFist

Thank you. I did some more research into the GENI site. they are just another one-world, renewable energy site endorsed by the U.N.


32 posted on 04/18/2010 4:28:55 PM PDT by ColdWater ("The theory of evolution really has no bearing on what I'm trying to accomplish with FR anyway. ")
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To: oneolcop
Thorium, is this the (ahem) second cousin to Goreum, the element with the symbol "BS" that populates the halls of Congress and the White House, is gaseous at room temperature and in front of cameras, not to mention endowed with the capacity to empty taxpayer wallets at an astonishing rate. Cf., Clintonium, Carterineum, and the new noxious elemental gas known as Obamatium.

Just asking.

33 posted on 04/18/2010 4:28:57 PM PDT by elk
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To: Titus-Maximus

I have to apologize. Any site endorsed by Walter Cronkite and Boutros Boutros-Ghali passes the FR smell test ....


34 posted on 04/18/2010 4:32:20 PM PDT by ColdWater ("The theory of evolution really has no bearing on what I'm trying to accomplish with FR anyway. ")
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To: ScreamingFist

Thank you. This is the field I make my $100 an hour in.


35 posted on 04/18/2010 4:36:22 PM PDT by ColdWater ("The theory of evolution really has no bearing on what I'm trying to accomplish with FR anyway. ")
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To: ColdWater

This site posted an article from Wired which cannot be posted on FR.

See other comments for technical issues regarding thorium reactors.


36 posted on 04/18/2010 4:39:57 PM PDT by Titus-Maximus (Light from Light)
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To: ColdWater
Our research shows that linking renewables between all nations will mollify conflicts, grow economies and increase the quality of life and health for all.

Uh-oh. That sounds like what Ozymandias said he was going to do in the Watchmen. And we all know how that turned out.

37 posted on 04/18/2010 4:42:06 PM PDT by Richard Kimball (We're all criminals. They just haven't figured out what some of us have done yet.)
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To: Titus-Maximus
This site posted an article from Wired which cannot be posted on FR.

But you posted an article from wired.com ...

See other comments for technical issues regarding thorium reactors.

Which comments?

38 posted on 04/18/2010 5:08:06 PM PDT by ColdWater ("The theory of evolution really has no bearing on what I'm trying to accomplish with FR anyway. ")
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To: Vineyard
"But if we reprocessed our spent fuel - neither would be much of a problem."

Big if. We need to be reprocessing the "spent" fuel. We would get much more energy and much less waste.

39 posted on 04/18/2010 5:32:36 PM PDT by HangThemHigh (Entropy's not what it used to be.)
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To: ColdWater
http://www.world-nuclear.org/info/inf62.html

Developing a thorium-based fuel cycle
Despite the thorium fuel cycle having a number of attractive features, development has always run into difficulties.

The main attractive features are:

The possibility of utilising a very abundant resource which has hitherto been of so little interest that it has never been quantified properly.
The production of power with few long-lived transuranic elements in the waste.
Reduced radioactive wastes generally.
The problems include:

The high cost of fuel fabrication, due partly to the high radioactivity of U-233 chemically separated from the irradiated thorium fuel. Separated U-233 is always contaminated with traces of U-232 (69 year half-life but whose daughter products such as thallium-208 are strong gamma emitters with very short half-lives). Although this confers proliferation resistance to the fuel cycle, it results in increased costs.
The similar problems in recycling thorium itself due to highly radioactive Th-228 (an alpha emitter with two-year half life) present.
Some concern over weapons proliferation risk of U-233 (if it could be separated on its own), although many designs such as the Radkowsky Thorium Reactor address this concern.
The technical problems (not yet satisfactorily solved) in reprocessing solid fuels. However, with some designs, in particular the molten salt reactor (MSR), these problems are likely to largely disappear.
Much development work is still required before the thorium fuel cycle can be commercialised, and the effort required seems unlikely while (or where) abundant uranium is available. In this respect, recent international moves to bring India into the ambit of international trade might result in the country ceasing to persist with the thorium cycle, as it now has ready access to traded uranium and conventional reactor designs.

40 posted on 04/18/2010 5:34:54 PM PDT by DaveTesla (You can fool some of the people some of the time......)
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To: HangThemHigh

Absolutely correct.

It is hard to say it ....damn liberals always want to be more like Europeans. Well ...France reprocesses their spent fuel, and does the same for Japan. I am quite willing to be like the French in this area!!

(Damned idiot Peanut Farmer who thought he knew something about Nuclear power ....and f..’d it up, like everything else he did!!)


41 posted on 04/18/2010 6:43:02 PM PDT by Vineyard
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To: ColdWater

The internet has fabulous resources. We just have to cull, cull, cull. The internet is full of misinformation. Full of it. Learning who is a trustworthy source of information is a big part of gaining knowledge from the internet, and not garbage.

It sounds like you are a good source for the knowledge on this thread.


42 posted on 04/19/2010 2:04:52 PM PDT by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (Bye bye Miss American Freedom. When did we vote for Communism?)
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To: Freedom_Is_Not_Free

Thank you. Feel free to FRmail me if you have any questions.


43 posted on 04/19/2010 3:24:07 PM PDT by ColdWater ("The theory of evolution really has no bearing on what I'm trying to accomplish with FR anyway. ")
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To: Titus-Maximus; All
In-depth presentation of the technology involved: Google Tech Talks: The Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor


44 posted on 05/31/2010 1:40:46 AM PDT by wolf78 (Inflation is a form of taxation, too. Cranky Libertarian - equal opportunity offender.)
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To: Titus-Maximus

BUMP


45 posted on 05/31/2010 1:47:15 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: wolf78

Dr. Joe Bonometti is the individual that brought me to thorium.


46 posted on 05/31/2010 6:55:45 AM PDT by Titus-Maximus (Light from Light)
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To: ColdWater

Damn, the article sure made it sound good, thanks for your comments.


47 posted on 05/31/2010 7:36:46 AM PDT by jpsb
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