Health and Safety Considerations Associated with Sodium-Cooled Experimental Nuclear Fuel Dismantlement
Between the mid-1970s and the mid-1980s Sandia National Laboratory constructed eleven experimental assemblies to simulate debris beds formed in a sodium-cooled fast breeder reactor. All but one of the assemblies were irradiated. The experimental assemblies were transferred to the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) in 2007 and 2008 for storage, dismantlement, recovery of the uranium for reuse in the nuclear fuel cycle, and disposal of unneeded materials. This paper addresses the effort to dismantle the assemblies down to the primary containment vessel and repackage them for temporary storage until such time as equipment necessary for sodium separation is in place.
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- Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)
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- USDOE Office of Nuclear Energy (NE)
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- United States
- 12 MGMT OF RADIOACTIVE AND NON-RADIOACTIVE WASTES FROM NUCLEAR FACILITIES dismantlement; experimental assembly; sodium
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