A performance indicator for reduction in vulnerability through stabilization of plutonium

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) is currently storing several metric tons of plutonium in various forms in a variety of facilities throughout the DOE complex. Since the cessation of weapons production in 1990, many of these facilities with plutonium in storage have not operated. Since the shutdown was regarded as temporary, little attempt was made at that time to empty the process lines of plutonium, or to place the plutonium in containers or packages that would provide safe storage for extended periods of time. As a result, the packages and containers providing interim storage are vulnerable to failure through ... continued below

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Marchese, A.R.; Neogy, P. & Azarm, M.A. February 1, 1997.

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) is currently storing several metric tons of plutonium in various forms in a variety of facilities throughout the DOE complex. Since the cessation of weapons production in 1990, many of these facilities with plutonium in storage have not operated. Since the shutdown was regarded as temporary, little attempt was made at that time to empty the process lines of plutonium, or to place the plutonium in containers or packages that would provide safe storage for extended periods of time. As a result, the packages and containers providing interim storage are vulnerable to failure through leakage, rupture and other modes, and pose potential hazards to facility workers, the public and the environment. Here, an approach to measuring and tracking the reduction in vulnerabilities resulting from stabilizing and repackaging plutonium is developed and presented. The approach utilizes results obtained by the DOE Working Group on the vulnerabilities associated with plutonium storage.

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INIS; OSTI as DE97002841

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  • 5. international topical meeting on nuclear thermal hydraulics operations and safety (NUTHOS-5), Beijing (China), 13-16 Apr 1997

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  • Other: DE97002841
  • Report No.: BNL--63759
  • Report No.: CONF-970437--1
  • Grant Number: AC02-76CH00016
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 459413
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc683843

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Marchese, A.R.; Neogy, P. & Azarm, M.A. A performance indicator for reduction in vulnerability through stabilization of plutonium, article, February 1, 1997; Upton, New York. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc683843/: accessed October 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.