MRS Systems Study, Task F: Transportation Impacts of a Monitored Retrievable Storage Facility

by L. Brentlinger, Battelle, United States,
A. Plummer, Battelle, United States,
L. Smith, Battelle, United States,
S. Tzemos, Battelle, United States,
S. Gupta, Battelle, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1990


The passage of the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 1987 (NWPAA) modified the basis from which the Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management (OCRWM) had derived and developed the configuration of major elements of the waste system (repository, monitored retrievable storage, and transportation). While the key aspects of the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982 remain unaltered, NWPAA provisions focusing site characterization solely at Yucca Mountain, authorizing a monitored retrievable storage (MRS) facility with specific linkages to the repository, and establishing an MRS Review Commission made it prudent for OCRWM to update its analysis of the role of the MRS in the overall waste system configuration. This study examines the differences in transportation costs under alternative scenarios pertaining to a nuclear waste management system with and without an MRS, to include the effect of various MRS packaging functions and locations.

Subject Headings: Resilient modulus | Transportation studies | Waste storage | Storage facilities | Radioactive wastes | Systems management | Site investigation | Industrial facilities

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