Accelerator-driven transmutation technologies for resolution of long-term nuclear waste concerns

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The paper provides a rationale for resolution of the long-term waste disposition issue based on complete destruction of fissile material and all higher actinides. It begins with a brief history of geologic storage leading to the present impasse in the US. The proliferation aspects of commercial plutonium are presented in a new light as a further driver for complete destruction. The special problems in Russia and the US of the disposition of the highly enriched spent naval reactor fuel and spent research reactor fuel are also presented. The scale of the system required for complete destruction is also examined and ... continued below

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Bowman, C.D. October 1, 1996.

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The paper provides a rationale for resolution of the long-term waste disposition issue based on complete destruction of fissile material and all higher actinides. It begins with a brief history of geologic storage leading to the present impasse in the US. The proliferation aspects of commercial plutonium are presented in a new light as a further driver for complete destruction. The special problems in Russia and the US of the disposition of the highly enriched spent naval reactor fuel and spent research reactor fuel are also presented. The scale of the system required for complete destruction is also examined and it is shown that a practical system for complete destruction of commercial and defense fissile material must be widely dispersed rather than concentrated at a single site. Central tenants of the US National Academy of Sciences recommendations on waste disposition are examined critically and several technologies considered for waste destruction are described briefly and compared Recommendations for waste disposition based on Accelerator-Driven Transmutation Technology suitable for both the US and Russia are presented.

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INIS; OSTI as DE96014810

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  • International workshop on transmutation transformation methods of nuclear waste, Dubna (Russian Federation), 27-31 May 1996

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  • Other: DE96014810
  • Report No.: LA-UR--96-2996
  • Report No.: CONF-9605143--3
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-36
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 383639
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc683777

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Bowman, C.D. Accelerator-driven transmutation technologies for resolution of long-term nuclear waste concerns, article, October 1, 1996; New Mexico. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc683777/: accessed August 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.