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Title: Characterizing surplus US plutonium for disposition

Abstract

The United States (US) has identified 61.5 metric tons (MT) of plutonium that is permanently excess to use in nuclear weapons programs, including 47.2 MT of weapons-grade plutonium. Surplus inventories will be stored safely by the Department of Energy (DOE) and then transferred to facilities that will prepare the plutonium for permanent disposition. The Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) operates a Feed Characterization program for the Office of Fissile Materials Disposition (OFMD) of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the DOE Office of Environmental Management (DOE-EM). SRNL manages a broad program of item tracking through process history, laboratory analysis, and non-destructive assay. A combination of analytical techniques allows SRNL to predict the isotopic and chemical properties that qualify materials for disposition through the Mixed Oxide (MOX) Fuel Fabrication Facility (MFFF). The research also defines properties that are important for other disposition paths, including disposal to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) as transuranic waste (TRUW) or to high-level waste (HLW) systems.

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
1067354
Report Number(s):
SRNL-STI-2013-00004
TRN: US1300176
DOE Contract Number:  
DE-AC09-08SR22470
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: WM2013, Waste Management Symposium, Phoenix, AZ (United States), 24-28 Feb 2013
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
12 MANAGEMENT OF RADIOACTIVE AND NON-RADIOACTIVE WASTES FROM NUCLEAR FACILITIES

Citation Formats

Allender, Jeffrey S., and Moore, Edwin N. Characterizing surplus US plutonium for disposition. United States: N. p., 2013. Web.
Allender, Jeffrey S., & Moore, Edwin N. Characterizing surplus US plutonium for disposition. United States.
Allender, Jeffrey S., and Moore, Edwin N. Tue . "Characterizing surplus US plutonium for disposition". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1067354.
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