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The results of this evaluation also strongly indicate that neither spent nuclear fuel (SNF) particles nor
fission products would be released from a spent fuel transportation package carrying intact spent fuel
involved in a severe tunnel fire such as the Baltimore tunnel fire. None of the three package designs
analyzed for the Baltimore tunnel fire scenario (TN-68, HI-STAR 100, and NAC LWT) experienced
internal temperatures that would result in rupture of the fuel cladding. Therefore, radioactive material
(i.e., SNF particles or fission products) would be retained within the fuel rods.
There would be no release from the HI-STAR 100, because the inner welded canister remains leak tight.
While a release is unlikely, the potential releases calculated for the TN-68 rail package and the NAC
LWT truck package indicate that any release of CRUD from either package would be very small - less
than an A2 quantity (see Section 8.2.)
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Adkins, Harold E.; Cuta, Judith M.; Koeppel, Brian J.; Guzman, Anthony D. & Bajwa, Christopher S. Spent Fuel Transportation Package Response to the Baltimore Tunnel Fire Scenario, report, November 15, 2006; Richland, Washington. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc902643/m1/4/: accessed September 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.