Site Selection Criteria for Constructing an Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation (ISFSI) at a Commercial Nuclear Power Plant

by James M. Hylko, Fluor Daniel, Inc, United States,
Arvind R. Thakkar, Fluor Daniel, Inc, United States,
Jagannath K. Khanna, Fluor Daniel, Inc, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1990


Commercial nuclear power plants in the U.S. are responsible for providing their own interim storage for excess spent fuel. A facility located onsite, acting as a buffer between in-pool storage and ultimate geologic disposal, is classified as an Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation (ISFSI) and provides a viable alternative for supplementing in-pool storage capacity. The excess spent fuel is stored in NRC-approved dry-storage technologies (DSTs), which provide confinement against extreme environmental phenomena and sabotage. In conjunction with the DSTs, the ISFSI may vary from a sophisticated structure to a simple concrete slab on grade. It ensures that onsite and offsite exposures remain ALARA and has minimal impact on construction, plant operations, and future decommissioning costs.

Subject Headings: Nuclear power | Energy storage | Power plants | Site investigation | Construction sites | Fuels | Waste storage | Storage facilities

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