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Final Programmatic Impact Statement for Tritium Supply and Recycling - Executive Summary and 3 volumes
Subject Terms:
Light Water Reactor; Recycling; Tritium; Warhead
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Document Categories:
Nuclear Weapons and Related Technology\Fission Weapons
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Publication Date:
1995 Oct 31
Declassification Status:
Never classified
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Originating Research Org.:
Department of Energy-Office of Reconfiguration
OpenNet Entry Date:
1999 Sep 06
This report completes the final programmatic environmental impact statement for tritium supply and recycling. Tritium is an essential component of every warhead in the current and projected United States nuclear weapons stockpile. Tritium decays at a rate of 5.5 percent per year and must be replaced periodically as long as the nation relies on a nuclear deterrent. The Department is responsible for developing and maintaining the capability to produce nuclear materials such as tritium. Currently, the Department does not have the capability to produce tritium in the required amounts. This PEIS evaluates the siting, construction, and operation of tritium supply technology alternatives and recycling facilties at each of five candidate sites as well as the use of a commercial reactor for producing tritium. The Department announced on October 10, 1995, a dual track strategy for working on two promising options: use of an existing commercial light water reactor and construction of a linear accelerator. The Savannah River site in South Carolina has been identified as the preferred site for an accelerator if constructed. Details on this preferred alternative are contained in the Executive Summary and Volumes 1, 2 and 3 of this PEIS.

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