American Society of Civil Engineers

International Safeguards Relevant to Geologic Disposal of High-Level Wastes and Spent Fuels

by K. K. S. Pillay, (Los Alamos Natl Lab, Safeguards Systems Group, United States) and R. R. Picard, (Los Alamos Natl Lab, Safeguards Systems Group, United States)

pp. 199-209

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Document type: Conference Proceeding Paper
Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1990
Abstract: Spent fuels from once-through fuel cycles placed in underground repositories have the potential to become attractive targets for diversion and/or theft because of their valuable material content and decreasing radioactivity. The first geologic repository in the U.S., as currently designed, will contain approximately 500 Mt of plutonium, 60 000 Mt of uranium and a host of other fissile and strategically important elements. This paper identifies some of the international safeguards issues relevant to the various proposed scenarios for disposing of the spent fuel. In the context of the U.S program for geological disposal of spent fuels, this paper highlights several issues that should be addressed in the near term by U.S. industries, the Department of Energy, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission before the geologic repositories for spent fuels become a reality.

ASCE Subject Headings:
International factors
Nuclear power
Radioactive wastes
Underground storage
Waste disposal
Waste management
Waste storage

Author Keywords:
Radioactive Wastes
Nuclear Industry--Legislation - Nuclear Reactors--Spent Fuels - Radioactive Materials--Vitrification
High Level Nuclear Waste Disposal - Nuclear Fuel Cycle Safeguards - Nuclear Spent Fuel International Regulations - US Spent Fuel Disposal Program