Deactivating a major nuclear fuels reprocessing facility cost effectively

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This paper describes three key processes used in deactivating the Plutonium Uranium Extraction (PUREX) Facility, a large, complex nuclear reprocessing facility, 15 months ahead of schedule and $77 million under budget. The organization was reengineered to refine its business processes and more effectively organize around the deactivation work scope. Multi-disciplined work teams were formed to be self-sufficient and empowered to make decisions and perform work. A number of benefits were realized by reengineering. A comprehensive process to develop end points which clearly identified specific results and the post-project facility configuration was developed so all areas of a facility were addressed. ... continued below

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LeBaron, G.J. August 15, 1997.

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    Publisher Info: Fluor Daniel Hanford, Inc., Richland, WA (United States)
    Place of Publication: Richland, Washington

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This paper describes three key processes used in deactivating the Plutonium Uranium Extraction (PUREX) Facility, a large, complex nuclear reprocessing facility, 15 months ahead of schedule and $77 million under budget. The organization was reengineered to refine its business processes and more effectively organize around the deactivation work scope. Multi-disciplined work teams were formed to be self-sufficient and empowered to make decisions and perform work. A number of benefits were realized by reengineering. A comprehensive process to develop end points which clearly identified specific results and the post-project facility configuration was developed so all areas of a facility were addressed. Clear and specific end points allowed teams to focus on completing deactivation activities and helped ensure there were no unfulfilled end-of-project expectations. The RCRA regulations require closure of permitted facilities within 180 days after cessation of operations which may essentially necessitate decommissioning. A more cost effective approach was adopted which significantly reduced risk to human health and the environment by taking the facility to a passive, safe, inexpensive-to-maintain surveillance and maintenance condition (deactivation) prior to disposition. PUREX thus became the first large reprocessing facility with active TSD [treatment, storage, and disposal] units to be deactivated under the RCRA regulations.

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  • Exchange 1997, Miami, FL (United States), 4 Dec 1997

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  • Other: DE99050165
  • Report No.: HNF-SA--3229-FP
  • Report No.: CONF-971222--
  • Grant Number: AC06-96RL13200
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 341270
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc675642

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LeBaron, G.J. Deactivating a major nuclear fuels reprocessing facility cost effectively, article, August 15, 1997; Richland, Washington. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc675642/: accessed November 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.