Multi-Purpose Canisters as an Alternative for Storage, Transportation, and Disposal of Spent Nuclear Fuel

by William R. Hollaway, Civilian Radioactive Waste, Management System, Vienna, United States,
Robert Rozier, Civilian Radioactive Waste, Management System, Vienna, United States,
Donald A. Nitti, Civilian Radioactive Waste, Management System, Vienna, United States,
Jeffrey R. Williams, Civilian Radioactive Waste, Management System, Vienna, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1993

Abstract: A study was conducted to assess the feasibility of using multi-purpose canisters to handle spent nuclear fuel throughout the Civilian Radioactive Waste Management System. Multi-purpose canisters would be sealed, metallic containers maintaining multiple spent fuel assemblies in a dry, inert environment and overpacked separately and uniquely for the various system elements of storage, transportation, and disposal. Using five implementation scenarios, the multi-purpose canister was evaluated with regard to several measures of effectiveness, including number of handlings, radiation exposure, cost, schedule and licensing considerations, and public perception. Advantages and disadvantages of the multi-purpose canister were identified relative to the current reference system within each scenario, and the scenarios were compared to determine the most effective method of implementation.

Subject Headings: Nuclear power | Fuels | Radioactive wastes | Energy storage | Waste storage | Waste disposal | Feasibility studies | Systems management

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