Repository and deep borehole disposition of plutonium

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Control and disposition of excess weapons plutonium is a growing issue as both the US and Russia retire a large number of nuclear weapons. A variety of options are under consideration to ultimately dispose of this material. Permanent disposition includes tow broad categories: direct Pu disposal where the material is considered waste and disposed of, and Pu utilization, where the potential energy content of the material is exploited via fissioning. The primary alternative to a high-level radioactive waste repository for the ultimate disposal of plutonium is development of a custom geologic facility. A variety of geologic facility types have been ... continued below

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Halsey, W.G. February 1, 1996.

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Control and disposition of excess weapons plutonium is a growing issue as both the US and Russia retire a large number of nuclear weapons. A variety of options are under consideration to ultimately dispose of this material. Permanent disposition includes tow broad categories: direct Pu disposal where the material is considered waste and disposed of, and Pu utilization, where the potential energy content of the material is exploited via fissioning. The primary alternative to a high-level radioactive waste repository for the ultimate disposal of plutonium is development of a custom geologic facility. A variety of geologic facility types have been considered, but the concept currently being assessed is the deep borehole.

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INIS; OSTI as DE96010248

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  • Annual meeting of the American Nuclear Society (ANS), Philadelphia, PA (United States), 25-29 Jun 1995

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  • Other: DE96010248
  • Report No.: UCRL-JC--123436
  • Report No.: CONF-950601--30
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-48
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 241548
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc672236

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Halsey, W.G. Repository and deep borehole disposition of plutonium, article, February 1, 1996; California. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc672236/: accessed October 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.