Application of ALARA principles to shipment of spent nuclear fuel

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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 ... continued below

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Greenborg, J.; Brackenbush, L.W.; Murphy, D.W. Burnett, R.A. & Lewis, J.R. May 1, 1980.

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  • Pacific Northwest Laboratory
    Publisher Info: Battelle Pacific Northwest Labs., Richland, WA (USA)
    Place of Publication: Richland, Washington

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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.

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  • Report No.: PNL-3261
  • Report No.: TTC-0073
  • Grant Number: AC06-76RL01830
  • DOI: 10.2172/5114540 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 5114540
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc1061870

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  • May 1, 1980

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Greenborg, J.; Brackenbush, L.W.; Murphy, D.W. Burnett, R.A. & Lewis, J.R. Application of ALARA principles to shipment of spent nuclear fuel, report, May 1, 1980; Richland, Washington. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1061870/: accessed August 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.