Plutonium Disposition Now!

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A means for use of existing processing facilities and reactors for plutonium disposition is described which requires a minimum capital investment and allows rapid implementation. The scenario includes interim storage and processing under IAEA control, and fabrication into MOX fuel in existing or planned facilities in Europe for use in operating reactors in the two home countries. Conceptual studies indicate that existing Westinghouse four-loop designs can safety dispose of 0.94 MT of plutonium per calendar year. Thus, it would be possible to consume the expected US excess stockpile of about 50 MT in two to three units of this type, ... continued below

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Buckner, M.R. May 24, 1995.

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A means for use of existing processing facilities and reactors for plutonium disposition is described which requires a minimum capital investment and allows rapid implementation. The scenario includes interim storage and processing under IAEA control, and fabrication into MOX fuel in existing or planned facilities in Europe for use in operating reactors in the two home countries. Conceptual studies indicate that existing Westinghouse four-loop designs can safety dispose of 0.94 MT of plutonium per calendar year. Thus, it would be possible to consume the expected US excess stockpile of about 50 MT in two to three units of this type, and it is highly likely that a comparable amount of the FSU excess plutonium could be deposed of in a few VVER-1000`s. The only major capital project for this mode of plutonium disposition would be the weapons-grade plutonium processing which could be done in a dedicated international facility or using existing facilities in the US and FSU under IAEA control. This option offers the potential for quick implementation at a very low cost to the governments of the two countries.

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INIS; OSTI as DE95060147

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  • ANS international conference on evaluation of emerging nuclear fuel cycle systems, Versailles (France), 11-14 Sep 1995

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  • Other: DE95060147
  • Report No.: WSRC-MS--94-0575
  • Report No.: CONF-950919--1
  • Grant Number: AC09-89SR18035
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 78573
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc723145

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Buckner, M.R. Plutonium Disposition Now!, article, May 24, 1995; Aiken, South Carolina. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc723145/: accessed September 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.