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Title: Internationally monitored retrievable storage system

Abstract

The proposed internationally monitored retrievable storage system (IMRSS) is intended to provide an orderly and secure alternative to continuation of the current individualistic spent-fuel management trends in nuclear-power countries. The IMRSS concept, in its broadest terms, proposes that an international entity undertake the management responsibility for spent fuel after its discharge from power plant cooling ponds. The IMRSS envisages international management of a small number of surface (or near-surface) storage facilities distributed globally (in major nuclear countries and elsewhere) and a transportation system between nuclear plants and the storage facilities. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) would maintain responsibility for adherence to safeguards criteria. The IMRSS operation would be similar to that of an international bank, with each nation maintaining title to its spent fuel and able to withdraw it for peaceful purposes. The system would provide transparency, accountability, and security. The IMRSS would be a step to establishing an inter- national regime for the prudent management of spent fuel and excess civilian plutonium. The IMRSS concept has been studied in three international workshops. Among the major issues that have been addressed are the global distribution of spent fuel if current trends continue, the need for international criteria and managementmore » to ensure public health and nonproliferation, the value of spent-fuel retrievability, the future role of a plutonium resource in the fuel cycle, the operating format of a practical IMRSS, and the integration of an IMRSS with existing geopolitical agreements and arrangements.« less

Authors:
 [1]
  1. Research Center Rossendorf, Dresden (Germany)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
436822
Report Number(s):
CONF-9606116-
Journal ID: TANSAO; ISSN 0003-018X; TRN: 96:005275-0052
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Transactions of the American Nuclear Society
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 74; Conference: Annual meeting of the American Nuclear Society (ANS), Reno, NV (United States), 16-20 Jun 1996; Other Information: PBD: 1996
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
05 NUCLEAR FUELS; SPENT FUELS; MONITORED RETRIEVABLE STORAGE; COOLING PONDS; PUBLIC HEALTH; SAFEGUARDS; SECURITY; STORAGE FACILITIES

Citation Formats

Hafele, W. Internationally monitored retrievable storage system. United States: N. p., 1996. Web.
Hafele, W. Internationally monitored retrievable storage system. United States.
Hafele, W. Tue . "Internationally monitored retrievable storage system". United States.
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