Dry Spent Fuel Storage in the 1990's

by John P. Roberts, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1991


In the United States, for the decade of the 1990's, at-reactor-site dry spent fuel storage has become the predominant option outside of reactor spent fuel pools. This development has resulted from failure, in the 1980's, of a viable reprocessing option for commercial power reactors, and delay in geologic repository development to an operational date at or beyond the year 2010. Concurrently, throughout the 1980's, aggressive technical and regulatory efforts by the Federal Government, coordinated with nuclear industry, have led to successful evolution of dry spent fuel storage as a utility option.

Subject Headings: Energy storage | Nuclear power | Fuels | Waste storage | Federal government | Radioactive wastes | Power outage | Failure analysis | United States

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