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CONGRESS RE-EXAMINES FUSION

 IRVINE, Calif., May 4 /PRNewswire/ -- On May 5, Dr. Bogdan Maglich, pioneer of non-radioactive-fuel (aneutronic) fusion and inventor of the "self collider" reactor, will testify before the House Science, Space & Technology Committee's Subcommittee on Energy, which is holding half-day hearings on the status of the U.S. fusion research program.
 Maglich, chief scientist of Advanced Physics Corp., is one of three panelists representing alternate approaches to fusion which differ from the government-run TOKAMAK program. It is expected that a successful fusion program would result in a limitless supply of energy to humankind.
 Unlike the TOKAMAK program, Advanced Physics' "aneutronic" approach to fusion would be environmentally benign, producing virtually no radioactive byproducts.
 "Aneutronic" fusion is based on technology that causes atoms of helium-3 and deuterium, when fired in beams into a reactor and manipulated by magnets, to turn and self-collide.
 Conventional TOKAMAK fusion technology, which burns deuterium and tritium, poses enormous health and environmental risks, generating radioactive waste and heat pollution. It is also expensive. Since 1962, the TOKAMAK program has consumed approximately $7.5 billion without yet producing more energy than it consumes.
 On May 6, the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, chaired by Sen. Bennett Johnson, will also hold hearings into America's fusion energy research and development program.
 Six weeks ago, Johnson proposed a controversial bill that would essentially create a TOKAMAK monopoly for the government-run International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor program (ITER), shutting off funds for all other alternate and competitive approaches to fusion.
 Johnson's bill threatens to further restrict the government's already narrow approach to fusion research, effectively eliminating all competition.
 Advanced Physics Corp. is the industrial lead member of the U.S.- Russian research consortium S.A.F.E. (System for Aneutronic Fusion Energy) whose goal is to develop a small non-radioactive fuel power plant. The academic lead member of S.A.F.E. is the University of California, Irvine and, in Russia, the Russian Center for Technical Physics at Chelyabinsk-70. Chelyabinsk-70 is the major Russian nuclear weapons lab, where 42 physicists have now shifted their research from bombs, to aneutronic fusion.
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 /CONTACT: Frank Braun of Braun Communications, 619-943-8898, or 714-854-6919, for Advanced Physics Corp./


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