Treatment of Non Fuel Bearing Scrap

by Anton A. Fuierer, Rochester Gas and Electric Corp, Rochester, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1993


Problems encountered with the processing of irradiated non fuel bearing components (NFBC) during several rod consolidation demonstration programs identified the need to conduct further studies regarding options available for the processing and storage of NFBC. Industry experience has demonstrated that the overall cost of any campaign involving hardware is inversely related to the advance planning for the campaign. Improper planning can increase campaign costs by a factor of two or more. In response EPRI and ESEERCO sponsored a study on the Treatment, Packaging and Storage of Bundle Scrap Hardware. This paper summarizes some of the more important results and conclusions of the study. The study utilized the fairly extensive experience and data available from the commercial low level waste and spent nuclear fuel industry. This, together with limited experience in the characterization, processing, packaging and shipment of NFBC formed the framework upon which the study built it's analysis and results regarding irradiated hardware. Recommended technologies and procedures for processing were developed, various containers for packaging and shielded containers for storage were designed and NFBC management costs developed.

Subject Headings: Energy storage | Radioactive wastes | Waste storage | Radiation | Benefit cost ratios | Fuels | Industrial wastes | Materials processing

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