Evaluation of alternatives for the disposition of surplus weapons-usable plutonium

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The Department of Energy Record of Decision (ROD) selected alternatives for disposition of surplus, weapons grade plutonium. A major objective of this decision was to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons. Other concerns addressed included economic, technical, institutional, schedule, environmental, and health and safety issues. The analysis reported here was conducted in parallel with technical, environmental, and nonproliferation analyses; it uses multiattribute utility theory to combine these considerations in order to facilitate an integrated evaluation of alternatives. This analysis is intended to provide additional insight regarding alternative evaluation and to assist in understanding the rationale for the choice of alternatives ... continued below

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Dyer, J.S.; Butler, J.C. & Edmunds, T. April 4, 1997.

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The Department of Energy Record of Decision (ROD) selected alternatives for disposition of surplus, weapons grade plutonium. A major objective of this decision was to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons. Other concerns addressed included economic, technical, institutional, schedule, environmental, and health and safety issues. The analysis reported here was conducted in parallel with technical, environmental, and nonproliferation analyses; it uses multiattribute utility theory to combine these considerations in order to facilitate an integrated evaluation of alternatives. This analysis is intended to provide additional insight regarding alternative evaluation and to assist in understanding the rationale for the choice of alternatives recommended in the ROD. Value functions were developed for objectives of disposition, and used to rank alternatives. Sensitivity analyses indicated that the ranking of alternatives for the base case was relatively insensitive to changes in assumptions over reasonable ranges. The analyses support the recommendation of the ROD to pursue parallel development of the vitrification immobilization alternative and the use of existing light water reactors alternative. 27 refs., 109 figs., 20 tabs.

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INIS; OSTI as DE97006801

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  • Other: DE97006801
  • Report No.: DOE/AL/85832--T14
  • Report No.: ANRCP--1997-1
  • Grant Number: FC04-95AL85832
  • DOI: 10.2172/491462 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 491462
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc680119

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Dyer, J.S.; Butler, J.C. & Edmunds, T. Evaluation of alternatives for the disposition of surplus weapons-usable plutonium, report, April 4, 1997; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc680119/: accessed September 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.