Task Order 16: Generic Design Alternatives for Dry Storage of Spent Nuclear Fuel

This report addresses the Scope of Work (SOW) for Task Order 16, “Generic Design
Alternatives for Dry Storage of Used Nuclear Fuel,” issued in March 2014 by the Department of
Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Nuclear Energy (DOE-NE). It develops and documents a suite of
generic design alternatives for the receipt, processing and storage of the SNF and greater than
Class C (GTCC) waste for the initial Pilot ISF, assuming the SNF and GTCC is derived from
shutdown reactors. This report also seeks to provide DOE with maximum flexibility for




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Public Participation in Environmental Assessment and Decision Making

The National Research Council established the Panel on Public Participation in Environmental Assessment and Decision Making at the request of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, with additional support from the U.S. Forest Service, to assess whether, and under what conditions, public participation achieves the outcomes desired.




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West Valley Spent Fuel Shipment Project - Lessons Learned

On July 17, 2003, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) completed the movement of 125 commercial spent nuclear fuel (SNF) assemblies from the West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP) to the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory (INEEL). The assemblies were transported by rail in two dual-purpose shipping and storage casks specifically designed for the one shipment to the INEEL and for interim storage.




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Initial Standardized Canister System Evaluation

This report documents an initial evaluation of integrating standardized canisters into the nuclear waste management system, which is an intermediate step in the quantitative assessment of standardization. This is a technical report that does not take into account the contractual limitations under the Standard Contract (10 CFR Part 961) that DOE has in place with nuclear utilities. Under the Standard Contract, DOE is obligated to accept only bare UNF. Acceptance of canistered UNF would require a mutual agreement to modify the contract.




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State Regulatory Authority Over Nuclear Waste Facilities

This issue brief explores options for providing states and federal agencies with new regulatory
authorities as one potentially critical element in making a consent-based siting regime for
nuclear waste facilities work. It summarizes key points from a longer analysis prepared by Van
Ness Feldman LLC (VNF) for the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Nuclear Waste Initiative, which is
exploring ways to advance the BRC recommendations. Specifically, VNF looked at whether an
arrangement, in which federal agencies give a state some form of regulatory authority over




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Options for the Consolidated Storage of Spent Nuclear Fuel

This issue brief is one in a series being developed by the Bipartisan
Policy Center’s Nuclear Waste Initiative, which is exploring ways
to advance progress toward durable solutions for managing and
disposing of the nation’s inventory of spent nuclear fuel and highlevel
radioactive waste. This brief focuses on options for moving
forward with the development of one or more facilities for the
consolidated storage of spent fuel from commercial nuclear power
plants. It is based on a longer analysis prepared for the Bipartisan




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Performance Specification and Rationale for the Standardized Transportation, Aging, and Disposal Canister Systems

Performance Specification: This performance specification document addresses use of a standardized transportation, aging, and
disposal (STAD) canister system in the spent nuclear fuel (SNF) waste management system. This
document was developed to support STAD canister system studies and potential research, development,
and demonstration activities. Requirements in this specification may evolve with time based on results
from analyses, experiments, design studies, system evaluations and demonstrations, as well as other
factors.




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Spent Fuel Assembly Hardware: Characterization and 10 CFR 61 Classification of Waste Disposal Volume 1

This report (PNL-6906 Vol. 1) documents activation measurements and comparison with calculations for spent fuel assembly hardware.




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PRELIMINARY ASSESSMENT OF COSTS AND RISKS OF TRANSPORTING SPENT FUEL BY BARGE

The purpose of this study is to analyze the costs and risks associated with transporting spent fuel by barge. The barge movements would be made in combination with rail movements to transport spent fuel from plants to a repository. For the purposes of this analysis, three candidate repository sites are analyzed: Yucca Mountain, Nevada, Deaf Smith, Texas, and Hanford, Washington. This report complements a report prepared by Sandia National Laboratories in 1984 that analyzes the costs and risks of transporting spent
fuel by rail and by truck to nine candidate repository sites.




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NUREG-1617, Standard Review Plan for Transportation Packages for Spent Nuclear Fuel

The Standard Review Plan for Transportation Packages for Spent Nuclear Fuel provides NRC guidance for the review and approval of applications for packages used to transport spent nuclear fuel under 10 CFR Part 71.




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