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Title: Characterizing Surplus US Plutonium for Disposition - 13199

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)

Authors:
 [1];  [2]
  1. Savannah River National Laboratory, Aiken SC 29808 (United States)
  2. Moore Nuclear Energy, LLC, Savannah River Site, Aiken SC 29808 (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
WM Symposia, 1628 E. Southern Avenue, Suite 9-332, Tempe, AZ 85282 (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
22224961
Report Number(s):
INIS-US-13-WM-13199
TRN: US14V0406045916
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: WM2013: Waste Management Conference: International collaboration and continuous improvement, Phoenix, AZ (United States), 24-28 Feb 2013; Other Information: Country of input: France; 10 refs.
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
12 MANAGEMENT OF RADIOACTIVE WASTES, AND NON-RADIOACTIVE WASTES FROM NUCLEAR FACILITIES; ALPHA-BEARING WASTES; ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY; FISSILE MATERIALS; HIGH-LEVEL RADIOACTIVE WASTES; MIXED OXIDE FUELS; NUCLEAR WEAPONS; PLUTONIUM; RADIOACTIVE WASTE DISPOSAL; SAVANNAH RIVER; WIPP

Citation Formats

Allender, Jeffrey S., and Moore, Edwin N. Characterizing Surplus US Plutonium for Disposition - 13199. United States: N. p., 2013. Web.
Allender, Jeffrey S., & Moore, Edwin N. Characterizing Surplus US Plutonium for Disposition - 13199. United States.
Allender, Jeffrey S., and Moore, Edwin N. Mon . "Characterizing Surplus US Plutonium for Disposition - 13199". United States.
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abstractNote = {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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