Criteria for the safe storage of lithium metal and lithium compounds at the Y-12 Plant

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Considerable quantities of lithium-based materials are being generated as a result of the nuclear weapons disassembly process. The lithium from these materials, in the form of lithium hydride (LiH) and lithium deuteride (LiD), is enriched in the lithium-6 ({sup 6}Li) isotope and is considered to be an accountable nuclear material. These materials are neither radioactive nor fissile, but they are integral components of nuclear weapons. The LiD functions as a fuel for thermonuclear fusion and the LiH functions as a neutron moderator. Current plans are to store such materials in a suitable chemical form until they are needed for building ... continued below

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Cox, S.O. July 1, 1995.

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  • Oak Ridge Y-12 Plant
    Publisher Info: Oak Ridge Y-12 Plant, TN (United States)
    Place of Publication: Tennessee

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Considerable quantities of lithium-based materials are being generated as a result of the nuclear weapons disassembly process. The lithium from these materials, in the form of lithium hydride (LiH) and lithium deuteride (LiD), is enriched in the lithium-6 ({sup 6}Li) isotope and is considered to be an accountable nuclear material. These materials are neither radioactive nor fissile, but they are integral components of nuclear weapons. The LiD functions as a fuel for thermonuclear fusion and the LiH functions as a neutron moderator. Current plans are to store such materials in a suitable chemical form until they are needed for building future weapons or for other undefined uses. Because no domestic capability exists for producing enriched {sup 6}Li and because {sup 6}Li is an integral component of nuclear weapons, it must be stored safely, securely, and in an environmentally compliant form.

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INIS; OSTI as DE96003582

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  • Other Information: PBD: Jul 1995

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  • Other: DE96003582
  • Report No.: Y/ES--013
  • Grant Number: AC05-84OR21400
  • DOI: 10.2172/162490 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 162490
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc627823

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Cox, S.O. Criteria for the safe storage of lithium metal and lithium compounds at the Y-12 Plant, report, July 1, 1995; Tennessee. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc627823/: accessed January 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.