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Title: Fast Flux Test Facility (FFTF) Background & Status


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USDOE Office of Environmental Management (EM) (US)
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HNF-8272-FP, Rev.0
TRN: US0301697
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Conference: Conference title not supplied, Conference location not supplied, Conference dates not supplied; Other Information: PBD: 1 Jun 2001
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United States

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BREHM, W.F.. Fast Flux Test Facility (FFTF) Background & Status. United States: N. p., 2001. Web.
BREHM, W.F.. Fast Flux Test Facility (FFTF) Background & Status. United States.
BREHM, W.F.. Fri . "Fast Flux Test Facility (FFTF) Background & Status". United States. doi:.
title = {Fast Flux Test Facility (FFTF) Background & Status},
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year = {Fri Jun 01 00:00:00 EDT 2001},
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  • Deactivation activities are currently in progress at the Fast Flux Test Facility. These deactivation activities are intended to remove most hazardous materials and prepare the facility for final disposition. The two major hazards to be removed are the nuclear fuel and the alkali metal (most sodium) coolant. The fuel and coolant removal activities are proceeding well and are expected to complete in 2006. Plant systems are being shut down as allowed by completion of various fuel and coolant removal actions. A Decommissioning Environmental Impact Statement is in progress to evaluate a range of potential final disposition end states.
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  • In 1993, the US Department of Energy (DOE) decided to shut down the Fast Flux Test Facility (FFTF) due to lack of national missions that justified the annual operating budget of approximately $88M/year. The initial vision was to ''deactive'' the facility to an industrially and radiologically safe condition to allow long-term, minimal surveillance storage until approximately 2045. This approach would minimize near term cash flow and allow the radioactive decay of activated components. The final decontamination and decommissioning (D and D) would then be performed using then-current methodology in a safe and efficient manner. the philosophy has now changed tomore » close coupling the initial deactivation with final D and D. This paper presents the status of the facility and focuses on the future challenge of sodium removal.« less
  • The Fast Flux Test Facility (FFTF) was a 400 MWt sodium-cooled fast reactor situated on the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Hanford Site in the southeastern portion of Washington State. DOE issued the final order to shut down the facility in 2001, when it was concluded that there was no longer a need for FFTF. Deactivation activities are in progress to remove or stabilize major hazards and deactivate systems to achieve end points documented in the project baseline. The reactor has been defueled, and approximately 97% of the fuel has been removed from the facility. Approximately 97% of the sodiummore » has been drained from the plant's systems and placed into an on-site Sodium Storage Facility. The residual sodium will be kept frozen under a blanket of inert gas until it is removed later as part of the facility's decontamination and decommissioning (D&D). Plant systems have been shut down and placed in a low-risk state to minimize requirements for surveillance and maintenance. D&D work cannot begin until an Environmental Impact Statement has been prepared to evaluate various end state options and to provide a basis for selecting one of the options. The Environmental Impact Statement is expected to be issued in 2009.« less
  • The three public utilities serving the Tri-Cities area of central Washington State have entered into a Cooperative Agreement with the Department of Energy to explore the feasibility of a utility-owned power addition to the Fast Flux Test Facility (FFTF). This paper describes the results of the design and economic studies completed to data, which indicate that the addition of steam generators and a 120 MWe power plant to the FFTF is both technically feasible and economically attractive compared to alternative power sources. 1 ref., 3 figs., 2 tabs.