Tagged with Radioactive Waste

Managing Spent Nuclear Fuel Strategy Alternatives and Policy Implications

Rand Corp. / by Tom LaTourrette, Thomas Light, Debra Knopman, James T. Bartis http://www.rand.org/pubs/monographs/MG970.html Increasing awareness of the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions has renewed interest in nuclear power generation. At the same time, the longstanding logjam over how to manage spent nuclear fuel continues to hamper the expansion of nuclear power. If nuclear … Continue reading

Hanford Waste Treatment Plant: DOE Needs to Take Action to Resolve Technical and Management Challenges

US Government Accountability Office http://gao.gov/products/GAO-13-38 The Department of Energy (DOE) faces significant technical challenges in successfully constructing and operating the Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant (WTP) project that is to treat millions of gallons of highly radioactive liquid waste resulting from the production of nuclear weapons. DOE and Bechtel National, Inc. identified hundreds of technical … Continue reading

Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future Draft Report to the Secretary of Energy

US DOE, Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future brc.gov/sites/default/files/documents/brc_draft_report_29jul2011_0.pdf [Global Security Newswire]  The United States should designate one or more long-term atomic waste storage locations to replace canceled plans for an underground repository at Yucca Mountain, Nev., a blue-ribbon task force said in a preliminary report issued on Friday (see GSN, July 6). The … Continue reading

Technical Evaluation Report on the Content of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Yucca Mountain Repository License Application: Postclosure Volume: Repository Safety After Permanent Closure

US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards, Division of High-Level Waste Repository Safety http://pbadupws.nrc.gov/docs/ML1119/ML111990436.pdf [From an AP story by Ken Ritter]  A Nuclear Regulatory Commission report released Thursday makes no conclusions about whether entombing the nation’s most radioactive material at the Yucca Mountain site in the desert northwest of Las Vegas … Continue reading

Technical Advancements and Issues Associated with the Permanent Disposal of High-Activity Wastes: Lessons Learned from Yucca Mountain and Other Programs

US DOE, Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board http://www.nwtrb.gov/reports/technical%20lessons.pdf [From PEN-e posting]  This report from the Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board “is not meant to be an assessment of the licenseability of a Yucca Mountain repository. If licensing goes forward, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission will determine whether a license should be granted. … The purpose of … Continue reading

International Workshop on Research, Development, and Demonstration to Enhance the Role of Nuclear Energy in Meeting Climate and Energy Challenges

Harvard Univ., Kennedy School, Belfer Center / by Laura D. Anadon, Valentina Bosetti, Matthew Bunn, Michela Catenacci, and Audrey Lee http://bit.ly/mlGdz1 …To gather information on the RD&D needs for the future of nuclear energy, the future cost and performance of nuclear technologies, and on the major barriers to large-scale deployment of nuclear energy, a team … Continue reading

Nuclear Waste: Disposal Challenges and Lessons Learned from Yucca Mountain

Government Accountability Office http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-11-731T [From Summary]  …Uncertainties exist about the direction of the nation’s policy for nuclear waste disposal…Under the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982 (NWPA) DOE investigated Yucca Mountain as a site for a repository. In 2002, DOE recommended the site to the President and in 2008 submitted a license application to NRC. … Continue reading

Commercial Nuclear Waste: Effects of a Termination of the Yucca Mountain Repository Program and Lessons Learned

US Government Accountability Office http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-11-229 [From Summary]  DOE decided to terminate the Yucca Mountain repository program because, according to DOE officials, it is not a workable option and there are better solutions that can achieve a broader national consensus. DOE did not cite technical or safety issues. DOE also did not identify alternatives, but it … Continue reading

DOE Nuclear Waste: Better Information Needed on Waste Storage at DOE Sites as a Result of Yucca Mountain Shutdown

US Government Accountability Office http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d11230.pdf [From Summary]  The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Environmental Management (EM) is responsible for storing and managing a total of about 13,000 metric tons of nuclear waste—spent nuclear fuel and high-level waste—at five DOE sites in Colorado, Idaho, New York, South Carolina, and Washington. Also, a joint DOE-Navy program … Continue reading