Clinch River Breeder Reactor Plant Project info packet

By Nick Touran, Ph.D., P.E., 2024-05-26 , Reading time: 3 minutes

The information on this page comes from an info packet I found on eBay, ordered, scanned, and posted online. The packet originated around 1977 from the Breeder Reactor Corporation, a now-defunct non-profit company managing the Clinch River Breeder Reactor Plant (CRBRP) project, a massive US government project aimed at developing the sodium-cooled fast breeder reactor.


These are fairly basic, though some of them are a bit cringe-worthy at this point. The plutonium one and the waste ones in particular don’t hold up too well. Click on any of the individual ones to load a 600 dpi PDF.

How does a breeder work? Are breeders safe and good for the environment? Will the breeder affect my electric bill? Is plutonium dangerous? Do we really need the breeder? Are Russia and France ahead in developing breeders? Does my job depend on the breeder? Does nuclear power mean proliferation? Do we know enough about breeders? Is radioactive waste from nuclear power plants a problem?


Some documents related to the CRBRP. The links are all to 600 dpi scans (sorry if the files are too big)

Cover of document explaining why we need the breeder
Capsule Summary
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Summary for Principals meeting
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Facts and Figures about the CRBRP
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The Breeder Reactor - Key to a $20 trillion fuel bonanza
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How much radiation will the public receive from the CRBRP
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Just the folder that this all came in


Here are the photos included in the packet.

Field of tanks of depleted uranium
Artists rendition of the Clinch River Breeder Reactor Plant