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Title: Basic repository environmental assessment design basis, Swisher County Site

Abstract

This study examines the engineering factors and costs associated with the construction, operation, and decommissioning of a high-level nuclear waste repository in salt in the Palo Duro Basin in Swisher County, Texas. The study assumes a repository capacity of 36,000 metric tons of heavy metal (MTHM) of unreprocessed spent fuel and 36,000 MTHM of commercial high-level reprocessing waste, along with 7020 canisters of defense high-level reprocessing waste and associated quantities of remote- and contact-handled transuranic waste (TRU). With the exception of TRU, all the waste forms are placed in 300- to 1000-year-life carbon-steel waste packages in a collocated waste handling and packaging facility (WHPF), which is also described. The construction, operation, and decommissioning of the proposed repository is estimated to cost approximately $4.6 billion. Costs include those for the collocated WMPF, engineering, and contingency but exclude waste form assembly and shipment to the site and waste package fabrication and shipment to the site. These costs reflect the relative average wage rates of the region, the relatively easy access to the site, and the relatively weak nature of the salt at this site. Construction would require an estimated 7 years. Engineering factors and costs are not strongly influenced by environmental considerations.

Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Battelle Memorial Inst., Columbus, OH (USA). Office of Nuclear Waste Isolation
OSTI Identifier:
6987062
Report Number(s):
BMI/ONWI/C-134
ON: TI88014257
DOE Contract Number:  
AC02-87CH10290
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Other Information: Portions of this document are illegible in microfiche products
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
12 MANAGEMENT OF RADIOACTIVE AND NON-RADIOACTIVE WASTES FROM NUCLEAR FACILITIES; 11 NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE AND FUEL MATERIALS; CONSTRUCTION; COST ESTIMATION; DECOMMISSIONING; HIGH-LEVEL RADIOACTIVE WASTES; UNDERGROUND DISPOSAL; OPERATION; ALPHA-BEARING WASTES; COMPLIANCE; ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS; PALO DURO BASIN; RADIOACTIVE WASTE FACILITIES; RADIOACTIVE WASTE MANAGEMENT; REGULATIONS; SALT DEPOSITS; SITE CHARACTERIZATION; SPENT FUELS; TEXAS; ENERGY SOURCES; FEDERAL REGION VI; FUELS; GEOLOGIC DEPOSITS; MANAGEMENT; MATERIALS; NORTH AMERICA; NUCLEAR FACILITIES; NUCLEAR FUELS; PERMIAN BASIN; RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS; RADIOACTIVE WASTES; REACTOR MATERIALS; USA; WASTE DISPOSAL; WASTE MANAGEMENT; WASTES; 052002* - Nuclear Fuels- Waste Disposal & Storage; 053000 - Nuclear Fuels- Environmental Aspects

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. Basic repository environmental assessment design basis, Swisher County Site. United States: N. p., 1987. Web.
. Basic repository environmental assessment design basis, Swisher County Site. United States.
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