Development and implementation of attractiveness Level E criteria and the plutonium disposition methodology

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Historically, the Department of Energy used the Economic Discard Limits (EDLs), those Special Nuclear Material (SNM) concentrations in residue matrices below which production of new SNM was more economic than SNM recovery, as a basis for discard decisions. In 1994, a joint team from DOE Defense Programs (DP) and Environmental Management (EM) determined that the EDLs were no longer a valid discriminator and directed that SNM disposition consider instead 12 specific criteria, foremost of which are waste minimization, environmental impacts, safety, proliferation concerns, and cost. In response, the Los Alamos National Laboratory developed a technical basis for determining SNM bearing ... continued below

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Christensen, D.C. & Robinson, M.A. March 1, 1998.

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Historically, the Department of Energy used the Economic Discard Limits (EDLs), those Special Nuclear Material (SNM) concentrations in residue matrices below which production of new SNM was more economic than SNM recovery, as a basis for discard decisions. In 1994, a joint team from DOE Defense Programs (DP) and Environmental Management (EM) determined that the EDLs were no longer a valid discriminator and directed that SNM disposition consider instead 12 specific criteria, foremost of which are waste minimization, environmental impacts, safety, proliferation concerns, and cost. In response, the Los Alamos National Laboratory developed a technical basis for determining SNM bearing materials unattractive for proliferation purposes and a quantitative method for predicting materials disposition consequences as a basis for decision making called the plutonium disposition methodology. The objective of attractiveness Level E criteria is to insure that waste is unattractive for proliferation or terrorist purposes. Level E criteria is about 0.17 kg Pu per 208 liter drum (requiring diversion of a minimum of 54 drums, assuming 100% recovery efficiency).

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INIS; OSTI as DE98004413

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  • Other: DE98004413
  • Report No.: LA--13425-MS
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-36
  • DOI: 10.2172/653947 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 653947
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc710094

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Christensen, D.C. & Robinson, M.A. Development and implementation of attractiveness Level E criteria and the plutonium disposition methodology, report, March 1, 1998; New Mexico. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc710094/: accessed October 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.