SAFETY AND ECONOMIC STUDY OF SPECIAL TRAINS FOR SHIPMENT OF SPENT FUEL

Spent fuel from nuclear reactors has been transported in routine commerce in the U.S. for over 25 y. During this period, no accident has occurred that resulted in the release of radioactive material from a spent fuel cask. By 1986, the annual rate of spent fuel shipments by rail is expected to be nearly 20 percent of the total shipments during the last 25 y. Because of this increased shipping rate, the railroad industry contends that the transportation environment for spent fuel shipments must be controlled to maintain this excellent safety record. To provide this control over the transportation environment, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) has proposed that all spent fuel be handled in special train service. A set of operating practices for spent fuel special trains has been proposed that includes a 35 mph maximum speed restriction, a passing restriction and a no-other-freight restriction. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the potential effects of these restrictions on the safety and cost of shipping spent fuel by train. The analysis is based on estimated quantities of spent fuel transported in 1986. (ERA citation 03:041269)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Batelle Memorial Institute/Pacific Northwest Labs

    Battelle Boulevard, P.O. Box 999
    Richland, WA  United States  99352
  • Authors:
    • Loscutoff, W V
    • Murphy, E S
    • Clark, L L
    • McKee, R W
    • HALL, R J
  • Publication Date: 1977-12

Media Info

  • Pagination: 108 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00185630
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 29 1979 12:00AM