APPLICATION OF ALARA PRINCIPLES TO SHIPMENT OF SPENT NUCLEAR FUEL

The public exposure from spent fuel shipment is very low. In view of this low exposure and the perfect safety record for spent fuel shipment, existing systems can be considered satisfactory. On the other hand, occupational exposure reduction merits consideration and technology improvement to decrease dose should concentrate on this exposure. Practices that affect the age of spent fuel in shipment and the number of times the fuel must be shipped prior to disposal have the largest impact. A policy to encourage a 5-year spent fuel cooling period prior to shipment coupled with appropriate cask redesign to accommodate larger loads would be consistent with ALARA and economic principles. And finally, bypassing high population density areas will not in general reduce shipment dose. (ERA citation 05:036092)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Batelle Memorial Institute/Pacific Northwest Labs

    Battelle Boulevard, P.O. Box 999
    Richland, WA  USA  99352

    Department of Energy

    1000 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  USA  20585
  • Authors:
    • Greenborg, J
    • Brackenbush, L W
    • Murphy, DWBRA
    • Lewis, J R
  • Publication Date: 1980-5

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  • Pagination: 99 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00328403
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: TTC-0073
  • Contract Numbers: AC06-76RL01830
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 15 1981 12:00AM