IMPACT OF TRANSPORTING DEFENSE HIGH-LEVEL WASTE TO A GEOLOGIC REPOSITORY

The Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982 (Public Law 97-425) provides for the development of repositories for the disposal of high-level radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel potential repository sites. One factor that is to be examined is transportation of radioactive materials to such a repository and whether transportation might be affected by shipments to a defense-only repository, or to one that accepts both defense and commercial waste. In response to this requirement, The Department of Energy has undertaken an evaluation of the cost and risk assoicated with the potential shipments. Two waste-flow scenarios are considered which are related to the total quantity of defense high-level waste which will be placed in a repository. The low-flow case is based on a total of 6700 canisters being transported from one site, while the high-flow case assumes that a total of 20,000 canisters will be transported from three sites. For the scenarios considered, the estimated shipping costs range from $105 million to $257 million depending upon the mode of transport and the repository location. The total risks associated with shipping defense high-level waste to a repository are estimated to be significantly smaller than predicted for other transportation activities. In addition, the cost of shipping defense high-level waste to a repository does not depend on whether the site is a defense-only or a commercial repository. Therefore, the transportation considerations are not a basis for the selection of one of the two disposal options. (ERA citation 10:009598)

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    Oak Ridge National Laboratory

    P. O. Box 2008
    Oak Ridge, TN  United States  37831
  • Authors:
    • Joy, D S
    • SHAPPERT, L B
    • Boyle, J W
  • Publication Date: 1984-12

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  • Pagination: 40 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00396718
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: ORNL/TM-9388
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 28 1986 12:00AM