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Title: Operations and maintenance philosophy


This Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Philosophy document is intended to establish a future O&M vision, with an increased focus on minimizing worker exposure, ensuring uninterrupted retrieval operations, and minimizing operation life-cycle cost. It is intended that this document would incorporate O&M lessons learned into on-going and future project upgrades.

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HNF-4553, Rev.0
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Technical Report
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Other Information: PBD: 28 Oct 1999
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United States

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DUNCAN, G.P. Operations and maintenance philosophy. United States: N. p., 1999. Web. doi:10.2172/798117.
DUNCAN, G.P. Operations and maintenance philosophy. United States. doi:10.2172/798117.
DUNCAN, G.P. 1999. "Operations and maintenance philosophy". United States. doi:10.2172/798117.
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