Building Arrangement and Site Layout Design Guides for On Site Low Level Radioactive Waste Storage Facilities

by John W. McMullen, Gilbert/Commonwealth Inc, Reading, PA, USA,
Michael J. Feehan, Gilbert/Commonwealth Inc, Reading, PA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Nuclear Waste Handling and Storage


This paper will discuss a typical storage facility and address the design considerations and operational aspects that are generally overlooked when designing and siting a low level radioactive waste storage facility. Some topics to be addressed are: container flexibility; modular expansion capabilities; DOT regulations; meterological requirements; OSHA; fire protection; floods; and ALARA. Current trends within the industry are to plan for, and in most cases, to provide for engineered storage facilities at individual reactor facilities. Engineered storage facilities are designed to store low level radioactive waste in a single area and provide features for material handling, waste compaction, remote operations, radiation protection, and other general engineered factors specific to storage needs.

Subject Headings: Building design | Waste storage | Storage facilities | Radioactive wastes | Modular structures | Construction materials | Construction sites | Occupational safety

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