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Title: Lead test assembly irradiation and analysis Watts Bar Nuclear Plant, Tennessee and Hanford Site, Richland, Washington

Abstract

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) needs to confirm the viability of using a commercial light water reactor (CLWR) as a potential source for maintaining the nation`s supply of tritium. The Proposed Action discussed in this environmental assessment is a limited scale confirmatory test that would provide DOE with information needed to assess that option. This document contains the environmental assessment results for the Lead test assembly irradiation and analysis for the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant, Tennessee, and the Hanford Site in Richland, Washington.

Publication Date:
Research Org.:
USDOE Richland Operations Office, WA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Assistant Secretary for Environment, Safety, and Health, Washington, DC (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
531099
Report Number(s):
DOE/EA-1210
ON: DE97008728; NC: NONE; TRN: 97:018488
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: Jul 1997
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
05 NUCLEAR FUELS; HANFORD RESERVATION; ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS; WATTS BAR-1 REACTOR; WATTS BAR-2 REACTOR; TRITIUM; SUPPLY AND DEMAND; PRODUCTION; US DOE; NUCLEAR MATERIALS MANAGEMENT; WATER COOLED REACTORS

Citation Formats

NONE. Lead test assembly irradiation and analysis Watts Bar Nuclear Plant, Tennessee and Hanford Site, Richland, Washington. United States: N. p., 1997. Web. doi:10.2172/531099.
NONE. Lead test assembly irradiation and analysis Watts Bar Nuclear Plant, Tennessee and Hanford Site, Richland, Washington. United States. doi:10.2172/531099.
NONE. Tue . "Lead test assembly irradiation and analysis Watts Bar Nuclear Plant, Tennessee and Hanford Site, Richland, Washington". United States. doi:10.2172/531099. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/531099.
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