Spent Fuel Management Options

Dixon, Brent W.; Piet, Steven J.
May 2005
Nuclear Plant Journal;May/Jun2005, Vol. 23 Issue 3, p39
Trade Publication
Table 1 summarizes the above analyses. The columns of the table show the range of nuclear futures assessed, while the row show the impact of the spent fuel management approaches. The body of the table shows the number of Yucca Mountain size repositories that would be needed under each combination of nuclear future and management approach. Table 1 is divided into quadrants by two thick lines. New plant orders enable the growth futures on the right side of the table. Congressional action redefining repository capacity to what is actually disposed enables the recycling approaches at the bottom of the table. The U.S. is currently in the second column of Table 1. With three site license applications pending [7], movement to the third column may be imminent. Once the geologic repository becomes operational, the U.S. will be on the first row. The Department of Energy's Advanced Fuel Cycle Initiative and Generation IV Nuclear Energy Systems Initiative are researching the advanced separations, fuels, and reactors needed for lower rows, but there is no authorization at this time to develop full-scale facilities.


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