Specific potential problems are identified which collectively contribute to the uncertainties about future conditions and events that may frustrate the development of adequate and timely transportation for nuclear fuel cycle materials. In particular, the impacts of these uncertainties may include continuous changes, critical delays and escalating costs in the development of spent fuel and waste transportation systems. The management of these uncertainties is the aggregate potential problem to be faced in the next decade, with possibly the future growth of the nuclear power industry at stake. We recommend that the development of nuclear material transportation systems be organized as coordinated industry/government missions with specific performance objectives. Mission planning and control functions should be organized to produce contingency plans for managing the impacts of future uncertainties on a whole-system basis. These plans should be based on the dynamic modeling and continuously updated assessment of future concern scenarios. This systems approach could directly lessen the potential impact of many concerns discussed in this paper and provide, in advance, an inventory of options to maintain the required integrity and schedule of system development. There are many opportunities for innovation in system development and organization which may mitigate the effects of potential problems.Innovation in communications is also required to focus on public attitudes and provide better coordination of program efforts. While the current outlook for nuclear material transportation in the United States is beset with potentially serious problems, the above avenues of action are a basis for guarded optimism that the situation can be improved.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Batelle Memorial Institute/Pacific Northwest Labs

    Battelle Boulevard, P.O. Box 999
    Richland, WA  United States  99352

    Department of Energy

    1000 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20585
  • Authors:
    • DeSteese, J G
    • Rhoads, R E
  • Publication Date: 1977

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  • Pagination: 7 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00318114
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Contract Numbers: EY-76-C-06-1830
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 22 1980 12:00AM