The Office of Waste Isolation, Union Carbide Corporation sponsored a program for the purpose of developing a waste transportation system plan for the procurement of shipping casks to service federal commercial nuclear waste repositories. The study has been performed by Sandia Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Geologic waste repositories will begin cold testing in the mid 1980's and will require prototype shipping casks. Implementation of the plan developed from the cask scoping study will provide licensed prototype truck and/or rail casks with subsequent production units on a schedule that is consistent with repository objectives. Additional activities of the program were: (1) To provide information on the details of how casks affect and are affected by interfacing systems, (2) To prepare conceptual designs for casks to be used in the shipment of high level waste and cladding waste, and (3) To describe operational characteristics, maintenance requirements, and interfaces associated with cask use. The program has resulted in the development of a program plan which can be utilized to procure prototype shipping casks needed to service a geologic waste repository in the mid 1980's. Implementation of the plan should begin now due to the limited manufacturing capacity in the United States. Design, licensing, and fabrication of prototype shipping systems should be completed in a timely manner so as not to eliminate options which are consistent with national policy strictly on the basis of hardware unavailability. (ERA citation 03:054692)

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Symposium on Packaging and Transportation of Radioactive Materials, Las Vegas, NV, USA, 7 May 1978.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Sandia Laboratories

    P.O. Box 5800
    Albuquerque, NM  United States  87115

    Department of Energy

    1000 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20585
  • Authors:
    • Allen, G C
    • Dupree, S A
    • Freedman, J M
    • Sutherland, S H
  • Publication Date: 1978

Media Info

  • Pagination: 17 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00190888
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: CONF-780506-38
  • Contract Numbers: EY-76-C-04-0789
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 28 1979 12:00AM