7 Matching Results

Search Results

Advanced search parameters have been applied.

Conceptual design of a shipping cask for rail transport of solidified high level waste

Description: A shipping cask uniquely designed to transport solidified high level waste (SHLW) from reprocessing spent LWR fuel has not yet been developed. Battelle, Pacific Northwest Laboratory (PNL) has conducted a program for the Department of Energy to develop a conceptual design for a rail cask for transporting SHLW, and to produce models and graphical displays based on the conceptual design for use at technical meetings and in public information displays. The results of this work are summarized in this paper.
Date: May 1, 1978
Creator: Rhoads, R.E. & Peterson, P.L.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

National Waste Terminal Storage Program: potenial problems in the waste transportation system

Description: Potential problems are identified which may impact the planning, organization, and operation of nuclear waste transportation systems serving federal repositories. These system-level problems have the potential of seriously interfering with the overall OWI Transportation/Logistics Study objective of having a viable nuclear waste transportation system in 1985. This report includes recommended action and priority judgments to address these problems and minimize their impact. The potential problems identified as most important have consequences which may impact the overall state of future preparedness for transporting nuclear waste. Other important concerns relate to the imposition of unnecessarily severe and costly restrictions on nuclear waste transportation, public and carrier acceptance, and the involvement of interested parties in planning and decision-making. The major recommendation of this report is that the planning and development of the waste transportation system should be controlled by a central planning activity which anticipates the impact of uncertainties and undesirable events.
Date: December 1, 1977
Creator: DeSteese, J.G. & Rhoads, R.E.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Conceptual design of a shipping container for transporting high-level waste by railroad

Description: A shipping cask uniquely designed to transport solidified high-level wastes (SHLW) from a reprocessing plant to a federal repository has not yet been developed. The amount of material that would be transported and the anticipated characteristics of the SHLW suggest that rail casks will be favored for this transportation because of cost and logistic considerations. The document presents the results of a study to develop a conceptual design for a rail cask for transporting SHLW and to construct scale models of the conceptual cask with accompanying graphics for use at technical meetings and in public information displays. Two 1/10 scale models of the conceptual cask and two H0 gauge (1/87 scale) models of the cask/railcar system have been constructed. A description of the models and accompanying graphics is presented in Appendix A.
Date: December 1, 1978
Creator: Peterson, P.L. & Rhoads, R.E.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Risk of transporting spent nuclear fuel by truck

Description: The risk methodology used to evaluate the risk in shipping spent fuel includes: 1) a description of the spent fuel transport system, 2) identification of potential release sequences, 3) evaluation of the probabilities and consequences of the releases, and 4) calculation and assessment of the risk. The system description includes projected industry characteristics, amounts to be shipped, shipping package descriptions, material characteristics, transport mode, transport routes used and weather and population distribution information. Release sequences are identified by fault tree analysis tehniques. Releases are evaluated using package failure data, normal transport and transport accident environment data and mathematical models for material dispersion and resultant health effects. This information is combined to calculate the shipping system risk which is compared to other known risks. The data may be further analyzed to determine the primary contributors to the risk and identify possible methods for reducing the risk, if the current risk level is judged by society to be unacceptable.
Date: May 1, 1978
Creator: Elder, H.K.; Andrews, W.B. & Rhoads, R.E.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Reengineering Hanford

Description: The Department of Energy Richland Operations Office is in the process of reengineering its Hanford Site operations. There is a need to fundamentally rethink and redesign environmental restoration and waste management processes to achieve dramatic improvements in the quality, cost-effectiveness, and timeliness of the environmental services and products that make cleanup possible. Hanford is facing the challenge of reengineering in a complex environment in which major processes cuts across multiple government and contractor organizations and a variety of stakeholders and regulators have a great influence on cleanup activities. By doing the upfront work necessary to allow effective reengineering, Hanford is increasing the probability of its success.
Date: March 1, 1995
Creator: Badalamente, R.V.; Carson, M.L. & Rhoads, R.E.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Placing the special trains issue in perspective

Description: The contention of the Association of American Railroads (AAR) that special trains are necessary for handling spent fuel is discussed. These special trains would not move faster than 35 mph nor carry any nonradioactive freight. When a special train meets, passes, or is passed by another train, one train would stand still while the other moves past at a speed of less than 35 mph. The shippers feel these special trains are not necessary and that they would increase the cost of transporting spent fuel possible alternatives to the current standoff between railroads and shippers of radioactive material are mentioned.
Date: May 1, 1978
Creator: Rhoads, R.E.; Chais, M.; DeSteese, J.G. & Loscutoff, W.V.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Preliminary characterization of risks in the nuclear waste management system based on information in the literature

Description: This document presents preliminary information on the radiological and nonradiological risks in the nuclear waste management system. The objective of the study was to (1) review the literature containing information on risks in the nuclear waste management system and (2) use this information to develop preliminary estimates of the potential magnitude of these risks. Information was collected on a broad range of risk categories to assist the US Department of Energy (DOE) in communicating information about the risks in the waste management systems. The study examined all of the portions of the nuclear waste management system currently expected to be developed by the DOE. The scope of this document includes the potential repository, the integral MRS facility, and the transportation system that supports the potential repository and the MRS facility. Relevant literature was reviewed for several potential repository sites and geologic media. A wide range of ``risk categories`` are addressed in this report: (1) public and occupational risks from accidents that could release radiological materials, (2) public and occupational radiation exposure resulting from routine operations, (3) public and occupational risks from accidents involving hazards other than radioactive materials, and (4) public and occupational risks from exposure to nonradioactive hazardous materials during routine operations. The report is intended to provide a broad spectrum of risk-related information about the waste management system. This information is intended to be helpful for planning future studies.
Date: January 1, 1992
Creator: Daling, P.M.; Rhoads, R.E.; Van Luick, A.E.; Fecht, B.A.; Nilson, S.A.; Sevigny, N.L. et al.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department