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Title: Underground collocation of nuclear power plant reactors and repository to facilitate the post-renaissance expansion of nuclear power

Underground collocation of nuclear power reactors and the nuclear waste management facilities supporting those reactors, termed an underground nuclear park (UNP), appears to have several advantages compared to the conventional approach to siting reactors and waste management facilities. These advantages include the potential to lower reactor capital and operating cost, lower nuclear waste management cost, and increase margins of physical security and safety. Envirorunental impacts related to worker health, facility accidents, waste transportation, and sabotage and terrorism appear to be lower for UNPs compared to the current approach. In-place decommissioning ofUNP reactors appears to have cost, safety, envirorunental and waste disposal advantages. The UNP approach has the potential to lead to greater public acceptance for the deployment of new power reactors. Use of the UNP during the post-nuclear renaissance time frame has the potential to enable a greater expansion of U.S. nuclear power generation than might otherwise result. Technical and economic aspects of the UNP concept need more study to determine the viability of the concept.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [1]
  1. Los Alamos National Laboratory
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
960834
Report Number(s):
LA-UR-08-07452; LA-UR-08-7452
TRN: US1002646
DOE Contract Number:
AC52-06NA25396
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: Waste Management - 2009 ; March 1, 2009 ; Phoenix, Arizona
Research Org:
Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)
Sponsoring Org:
DOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
11; 29; ACCIDENTS; CAPITAL; COST; DECOMMISSIONING; ECONOMICS; NUCLEAR PARKS; NUCLEAR POWER; NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS; OPERATING COST; POWER REACTORS; PROFITS; RADIOACTIVE WASTES; REACTORS; SABOTAGE; SAFETY; SECURITY; UNDERGROUND; USES; VIABILITY; WASTE DISPOSAL; WASTE MANAGEMENT; WASTE TRANSPORTATION