Defining the Need for and Functions of the Monitored Retrievable Storage (MRS) Facility

by Jeffrey R. Williams, Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste, Management, United States,
Herbert Y. Cadoff, Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste, Management, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1990


A series of system studies of the Civilian Radioactive Waste Management System were conducted by the Department of Energy (DOE) to determine the role for a Monitored Retrievable Waste Facility (MRS). Based on these analyses, DOE concluded that a simple MRS that handles intact fuel should be included as an integral part of the preferred configuration of the waste management system. Conclusions of another study by the MRS Review Commission agree in general with conclusions of the DOE but recommendations regarding system configuration differ. The Commission recommends two MRS-like facilities be incorporated in the system. Both studies agree that linkages between the repository and an MRS facility are not warranted and early operation of an MRS facility is desirable.

Subject Headings: Radioactive wastes | Waste storage | Resilient modulus | Storage facilities | Waste management | Systems management | Fuels | Integrals | United States

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