A Comparison of High-Level Waste Form Characteristicsby Royes Salmon, Oak Ridge Natl Lab, Oak Ridge, United States,
Karl J. Notz, Oak Ridge Natl Lab, Oak Ridge, United States,
Abstract: The U.S. Department of Energy is responsible for the eventual disposal in a repository of spent fuels, high-level waste (HLW) and other radioactive wastes that may require long-term isolation. This includes light-water reactor (LWR) spent fuel and immobilized HLW as the two major sources, plus other forms including non-LWR spent fuels and miscellaneous sources (such as activated metals in the Greater-Than-Class-C category). The Characteristics Data Base, sponsored by DOE's Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management (OCRWM), was created to systematically tabulate the technical characteristics of these materials. Data are presented here on the immobilized HLW forms that are expected to be produced between now and 2020.
Subject Headings: Radioactive wastes | Fuels | Waste disposal | Nuclear power | Radioactive materials | Hazardous materials | Metals (chemical)
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