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Environmental Assessment - Management of Spent Nuclear Fuel on the Oak Ridge Reservation, Oak Ridge, Tennessee
Subject Terms:
Dry Cask Facility; Hot Cell; Research Reactors; SNF; Transport
Document Location:
DOE INFORMATION CENTER 1 Way, Oak Ridge, TN 37831; Eva Butler; Phone: 865-241-4780; Toll-Free: 800-382-6938, Option 6; FAX: 865-574-3521; Email:
Document Categories:
Health, Safety and Environment\Environmental Effects
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Publication Date:
1996 Feb 28
Declassification Status:
Never classified
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Originating Research Org.:
Department of Energy-Oak Ridge Operations Office
OpenNet Entry Date:
1999 Sep 06
On June 1, 1995, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a Record of Decision (ROD) based on the analyses presented in a programmatic environmental impact statement PEIS) (DOE 1995a) for the Department-wide management of spent nuclear fuel (SNF). In the ROD, DOE selected regionalized storage of SNF by fuel type as the preferred alternative. The proposed action evaluated in this environmental assessment is the management of SNF on the DOE Oak Ridge Reservation to implement the preferred alternative of regional storage. To implement the ROD, ORR SNF would be retrieved from storage; transferred by truck to a hot cell facility, if segregation by fuel type/and or repackaging is required; loaded into containers/transport casks that meet Federal regulatory requirements; and shipped via truck to off-site storage at either the Savannah River Site or the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory. Transport from Oak Ridge to off-site storage and impacts at off-site storage locations were evaluated in the PEIS and would not be part of the proposed action addressed in this EA. The proposed action would also include construction and operation of a dry cask SNF storage facility on the ORR to help ensure continuation of reactor operations. Construction and operation of the dry cask storage facility would only occur if there was interruption of off-site shipments of HFIR SNF, resulting in inadequate SNF storage.

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