Industry Experience and Programs that Benefit the Monitored Retrievable Storage (MRS) Facility Design

by Ivan F. Stuart, Nuclear Assurance Corp, Norcross, United States,
Philip A. Bleistine, Nuclear Assurance Corp, Norcross, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1991


The design objectives and criteria for an MRS must be responsive to the needs and concerns of the public and the industry. It is shown here that to the maximum extent, existing industry programs and demonstrated technologies should form the foundation of the MRS program. The dual-purpose cask (DPC) program features allow the MRS to meet the simplicity and flexibility that is needed. The DPC is also shown to be built on proven operating technologies that have withstood the rigors of Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) licensing reviews. The added safety in both personnel exposure reduction and more efficient transportation is a key benefit that the DPC MRS would achieve. Next-generation DPC designs offer significant cost improvements via higher payloads that are based on use of burnup credit or loading consolidated fuel assemblies.

Subject Headings: Industrial facilities | Waste storage | Resilient modulus | Storage facilities | Building design | Industries | Foundations | Licensure and certification

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