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Title: Excess plutonium disposition: The deep borehole option

This report reviews the current status of technologies required for the disposition of plutonium in Very Deep Holes (VDH). It is in response to a recent National Academy of Sciences (NAS) report which addressed the management of excess weapons plutonium and recommended three approaches to the ultimate disposition of excess plutonium: (1) fabrication and use as a fuel in existing or modified reactors in a once-through cycle, (2) vitrification with high-level radioactive waste for repository disposition, (3) burial in deep boreholes. As indicated in the NAS report, substantial effort would be required to address the broad range of issues related to deep bore-hole emplacement. Subjects reviewed in this report include geology and hydrology, design and engineering, safety and licensing, policy decisions that can impact the viability of the concept, and applicable international programs. Key technical areas that would require attention should decisions be made to further develop the borehole emplacement option are identified.
Authors:
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
10187048
Report Number(s):
WSRC-TR--94-0266
ON: DE95000756; TRN: 94:020370
DOE Contract Number:
AC09-89SR18035
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: 9 Aug 1994
Research Org:
Westinghouse Savannah River Co., Aiken, SC (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE, Washington, DC (United States)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
12 MANAGEMENT OF RADIOACTIVE AND NON-RADIOACTIVE WASTES FROM NUCLEAR FACILITIES; PLUTONIUM; DISPOSAL WELLS; TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT; RADIOACTIVE WASTE DISPOSAL; FEASIBILITY STUDIES; DESIGN; EMPLACEMENT; HYDROLOGY; LICENSING; SAFETY; VIABILITY 052002; WASTE DISPOSAL AND STORAGE