EBR-II spent fuel treatment demonstration project status

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The application of electrometallurgical technology to spent nuclear fuel treatment is being demonstrated by treating 410 kg uranium spent driver fuel and 1,200 kg uranium spent blanket fuel from the Experimental Breeder Reactor-II (EBR-II) spent driver and blanket fuel. This fuel is a metallic uranium alloy and contains elemental sodium, which is a reactive material. Since reactive material is considered hazardous by US Environmental Protection Agency regulations, this fuel requires treatment before disposal in a geologic repository. The EBR-II spent fuel treatment demonstration conditions this fuel in an integrated process where the fuel is converted into three different products: low ... continued below

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Benedict, R.W. & Henslee, S.P. July 1, 1998.

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    Publisher Info: Argonne National Lab., Idaho Falls, ID (United States)
    Place of Publication: Idaho Falls, Idaho

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The application of electrometallurgical technology to spent nuclear fuel treatment is being demonstrated by treating 410 kg uranium spent driver fuel and 1,200 kg uranium spent blanket fuel from the Experimental Breeder Reactor-II (EBR-II) spent driver and blanket fuel. This fuel is a metallic uranium alloy and contains elemental sodium, which is a reactive material. Since reactive material is considered hazardous by US Environmental Protection Agency regulations, this fuel requires treatment before disposal in a geologic repository. The EBR-II spent fuel treatment demonstration conditions this fuel in an integrated process where the fuel is converted into three different products: low enriched uranium (LEU), ceramic waste and metallic waste. This demonstration was initiated in June 1996 and has treated approximately 50% of the driver fuel. The higher throughput equipment that will be used for blanket treatment processes has been installed in the hot cell facility and is being tested with depleted uranium. Metal waste forms have been produced from the irradiated metals from the driver fuel. Ceramic waste process equipment has been built and is being tested before installation in the hot cell facilities. This paper discusses the processes and the current results from the first 20 months of operation.

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INIS; OSTI as DE98057600

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  • 5. international conference on recycling, conditioning and disposal (RECOD `98), Nice (France), 25-28 Oct 1998

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  • Other: DE98057600
  • Report No.: ANL/RPS/CP--94789
  • Report No.: CONF-981005--
  • Grant Number: W-31109-ENG-38
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 656541
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc708070

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Benedict, R.W. & Henslee, S.P. EBR-II spent fuel treatment demonstration project status, article, July 1, 1998; Idaho Falls, Idaho. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc708070/: accessed August 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.