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Title: Rail Access to Yucca Mountain: Critical Issues

Abstract

The proposed Yucca Mountain repository site currently lacks rail access. The nearest mainline railroad is almost 100 miles away. Absence of rail access could result in many thousands of truck shipments of spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste. Direct rail access to the repository could significantly reduce the number of truck shipments and total shipments. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) identified five potential rail access corridors, ranging in length from 98 miles to 323 miles, in the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for Yucca Mountain. The FEIS also considers an alternative to rail spur construction, heavy-haul truck (HHT) delivery of rail casks from one of three potential intermodal transfer stations. The authors examine the feasibility and cost of the five rail corridors, and DOE's alternative proposal for HHT transport. The authors also address the potential for rail shipments through the Las Vegas metropolitan area.

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
State of Nevada Agency for Nuclear Projects Carson City, NV; Clark County Nuclear Waste Division, Las Vegas, NV; Pronghorn Engineering Laramie, WY (US)
Sponsoring Org.:
none (US)
OSTI Identifier:
826409
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: Waste Management 2003 Symposium, Tucson, AZ (US), 02/23/2003--02/27/2003; Other Information: PBD: 25 Feb 2003
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
12 MANAGEMENT OF RADIOACTIVE WASTES, AND NON-RADIOACTIVE WASTES FROM NUCLEAR FACILITIES; 11 NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE AND FUEL MATERIALS; 29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; CASKS; CONSTRUCTION; ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENTS; HIGH-LEVEL RADIOACTIVE WASTES; NUCLEAR FUELS; TRANSPORT; URBAN AREAS; WASTE MANAGEMENT; YUCCA MOUNTAIN

Citation Formats

Halstead, R J, Dilger, F, and Moore, R C. Rail Access to Yucca Mountain: Critical Issues. United States: N. p., 2003. Web.
Halstead, R J, Dilger, F, & Moore, R C. Rail Access to Yucca Mountain: Critical Issues. United States.
Halstead, R J, Dilger, F, and Moore, R C. Tue . "Rail Access to Yucca Mountain: Critical Issues". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/826409.
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abstractNote = {The proposed Yucca Mountain repository site currently lacks rail access. The nearest mainline railroad is almost 100 miles away. Absence of rail access could result in many thousands of truck shipments of spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste. Direct rail access to the repository could significantly reduce the number of truck shipments and total shipments. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) identified five potential rail access corridors, ranging in length from 98 miles to 323 miles, in the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for Yucca Mountain. The FEIS also considers an alternative to rail spur construction, heavy-haul truck (HHT) delivery of rail casks from one of three potential intermodal transfer stations. The authors examine the feasibility and cost of the five rail corridors, and DOE's alternative proposal for HHT transport. The authors also address the potential for rail shipments through the Las Vegas metropolitan area.},
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