Spent Nuclear Fuel in the U.S.: Management Challenges and Strategies


Nikita Vesik (Editor)

Series: Nuclear Materials and Disaster Research, Energy Policies, Politics and Prices
BISAC: TEC028000

Spent nuclear fuel, the used fuel removed from nuclear reactors, is one of the most hazardous substances created by humans. Commercial spent fuel is stored at reactor sites; about 74 percent of it is stored in pools of water, and 26 percent has been transferred to dry storage casks. The United States has no permanent disposal site for the nearly 70,000 metric tons of spent fuel currently stored in 33 states. This book examines the amount of spent fuel expected to accumulate before it can be moved from commercial nuclear reactor sites; the key risks posed by stored spent nuclear fuel and actions to help mitigate these risks; and the key benefits and challenges of moving spent nuclear fuel out of wet storage and ultimately away from commercial nuclear reactors. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Commercial Spent Nuclear Fuel: Observations on the Key Attributes and Challenges of Storage and Disposal Options. Statement of Frank Rusco, Director, Natural Resources and Environment, U.S. Government Accountability Office. Hearing on “Nuclear Waste Programs and Strategies”

Statement of Peter Lyons, Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy, U.S. Department of Energy. Hearing on “Nuclear Waste Programs and Strategies”

Statement of Michael Weber, Deputy Executive Director, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Hearing on “Nuclear Waste Programs and Strategies”

Statement of Susan Eisenhower, Former Member, Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future. Hearing on “Nuclear Waste Programs and Strategies”

Statement of Rodney C. Ewing, Chairman, U.S. Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board. Hearing on “Nuclear Waste Programs and Strategies”

Strategy for the Management and Disposal of Used Nuclear Fuel and High-Level Radioactive Waste
(U.S. Department of Energy)

Spent Nuclear Fuel: Accumulating Quantities at Commercial Reactors Present Storage and Other Challenges


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