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Title: Preparations for decommissioning the TRIGA Mark III Berkeley Research Reactor

Abstract

On December 20, 1986 the chancellor of UC Berkeley announced his decision to decommission the 20 year old Berkeley Research Reactor citing as principal reasons a decline in use and a need to erect a new computer science building over the reactor's site. In order to meet the University's construction timetable for the new building, the reactor staff together with other units of the campus administration have initiated a program to remove the reactor structure and clear the room for unlicensed use as expediently as possible. Due to the sequence of events which must occur in a limited amount of time, the University adopted a policy to contract out as much of the work as possible, including generation of the defueling and decommissioning plans.The first physical step in the decommissioning project is the removal of the irradiated fuel. This task is largely contracted out to a commercial firm with experience in the transport of radioactive materials and reactor fuel. As suggested by the NRC, the reactor will be defueled under the current operating license. This requires that all fuel must be off-site before the DP can be approved. Therefore any delay in defueling in-turn delays the decommissioning. The NRC hasmore » given no commitment or date for completion of their review. Informal discussion with NRC project managers and the experience from other facilities indicate that the review process will take between six and nine months.« less

Authors:
;  [1]
  1. Department of Nuclear Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, CA (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
General Atomics, San Diego, CA (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
21165923
Report Number(s):
INIS-US-09N0295; TOC-20
TRN: US09N0326042503
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: 11. biennial U.S. TRIGA users' conference, Washington, DC (United States), 10-13 Apr 1988; Other Information: Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA); 3 figs; Related Information: In: 11. biennial U.S. TRIGA users' conference. Papers and abstracts, 426 pages.
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
21 SPECIFIC NUCLEAR REACTORS AND ASSOCIATED PLANTS; OPERATING LICENSES; RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS; REACTOR DECOMMISSIONING; REACTOR FUELING; REACTOR SITES; REVIEWS; SITE SELECTION; SPENT FUELS; UCBRR REACTOR; URANIUM CARBIDES

Citation Formats

Denton, Michael M., and Lim, Tek. H. Preparations for decommissioning the TRIGA Mark III Berkeley Research Reactor. United States: N. p., 1988. Web.
Denton, Michael M., & Lim, Tek. H. Preparations for decommissioning the TRIGA Mark III Berkeley Research Reactor. United States.
Denton, Michael M., and Lim, Tek. H. Fri . "Preparations for decommissioning the TRIGA Mark III Berkeley Research Reactor". United States. doi:.
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abstractNote = {On December 20, 1986 the chancellor of UC Berkeley announced his decision to decommission the 20 year old Berkeley Research Reactor citing as principal reasons a decline in use and a need to erect a new computer science building over the reactor's site. In order to meet the University's construction timetable for the new building, the reactor staff together with other units of the campus administration have initiated a program to remove the reactor structure and clear the room for unlicensed use as expediently as possible. Due to the sequence of events which must occur in a limited amount of time, the University adopted a policy to contract out as much of the work as possible, including generation of the defueling and decommissioning plans.The first physical step in the decommissioning project is the removal of the irradiated fuel. This task is largely contracted out to a commercial firm with experience in the transport of radioactive materials and reactor fuel. As suggested by the NRC, the reactor will be defueled under the current operating license. This requires that all fuel must be off-site before the DP can be approved. Therefore any delay in defueling in-turn delays the decommissioning. The NRC has given no commitment or date for completion of their review. Informal discussion with NRC project managers and the experience from other facilities indicate that the review process will take between six and nine months.},
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year = {Fri Jul 01 00:00:00 EDT 1988},
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