Analysis of Requirements for Data and Information for the Management of Spent Nuclear Fuel Designated for Disposal in a Mined Geologic Repository

by William A. Higinbotham, JUPITER Corp, United States,
Clyde Jupiter, JUPITER Corp, United States,

Abstract: Official documents and relevant published papers were reviewed to determine what information on spent fuel will be needed by the Department of Energy (DOE) in order for it to meet its obligations under the Nuclear Waste Policy Act and international agreements. Accountability information is needed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the DOE, and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The DOE needs information on the heat, radioactivity, physical design, and condition of the fuel assemblies and other items to design its spent fuel transportation, processing, and disposal systems. Most of the needed information is being recorded by the nuclear power plant operators and reported to the DOE. As others have noted, there may be some question as to the adequacy of the information on non-standard and failed fuel now reported to the DOE. The IAEA has requested assistance from the United States on developing verification approaches for all of the steps involved in consolidating, conditioning, and burying spent fuel.

Subject Headings: Fuels | Information management | Nuclear power | Data processing | Geology | Data analysis | Power plants | Radioactive wastes | Mine wastes | Radioactive materials | Reviews | North America | United States

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