Technical Competencies for the Safe Interim Storage and Management of 233U at U.S. Department of Energy Facilities Page: 16 of 67
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Number of key personnel at DOE "3U sites
Site Number of key personnel Number of retirees listed as key
ANL-West 2 0
DOE 8 0
INEEL 8 0
PNNL-Hanford 6 2
LANL 5 0
LLNL 9 3
ORNL 43 7
SRS 1 0
Total 82 12
Slightly more than half of the key personnel have M.S. or Ph.D. degrees. Ten senior technicians were
identified as key personnel. Approximately 40% of all the identified personnel have degrees in either chemistry
or chemical engineering. The next largest representation in academic backgrounds is in nuclear engineering.
The following table shows the distribution of key personnel currently involved with DOE 33U programs and
projects, identified by their years of direct 233U experience.
Number of key personnel, identified by years of direct 233U experience
< 5 years 5 to 10 years 11 to 20 years 21 to 40 years Retired
26 20 15 9 12
Of the programs listed by the six DOE sites that provided such information, only two sites, ORNL and
INEEL, list. current programs related to 23U. The 33U program at INEEL currently consists of storage while
ORNL programs include Molten Salt Reactor Experiment (MSRE) remediation, serving as the National 33U
Repository, fissile material disposition, and thorium recovery from 23U for medical applications. Five of the
sites responding to the survey reported having current programs in the related actinides; these sites are LANL,
LLNL, ORNL, PNNL-Hanford, and SRS. Other 23U activities at the remaining DOE sites include, to varying
degrees, inspection, consolidation, and repackaging actions that are part of DOE's Implementation Plan for
The core knowledge base needed for safe storage of U is still available, and much of this expertise is
involved in current 233U programs (i.e., safe storage, MSRE remediation, fissile material disposition, and
medical radioisotope research and development). Since many of these programs are relatively recent, the
number of personnel with 23U experience has been increasing. Many retirees are serving as consultants on
the 33U programs. SRS, however, does not have any retirees serving as consultants or any plans to do so.
Over the next few years, these retirees will continue to provide valuable experience, knowledge, and
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Campbell, D. O.; Krichinsky, A. M.; Laughlin, S. S.; Van Essen, D. C. & Yong, L. K. Technical Competencies for the Safe Interim Storage and Management of 233U at U.S. Department of Energy Facilities, report, February 17, 1999; Tennessee. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc685684/m1/16/: accessed May 24, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.