Argonne National Laboratory
RERTR
Reduced Enrichment for Research and Test Reactors
Nuclear Engineering Division at Argonne
U.S. Department of Energy

IAEA/USA Interregional course on
Preparations to Ship Spent Nuclear Fuel (1997)

RECORDS AND REPORTS


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IAEA/USA Interregional Training Course

Technical and Administrative Preparations Required for Shipment of Research Reactor Spent Fuel to its Country of Origin

13-24 January 1997
Argonne, IL

RECORDS AND REPORTS

by

PETER C. ERNST
CONSULTANT

  • INTRODUCTION
  • DATA AND QA RECORDS
  • SHIPPING DOCUMENTS
  • REPORTS

INTRODUCTION

DURING THE ENTIRE PROCESS OF PREPARATION AND SHIPMENT OF SPENT FUEL ASSEMBLIES, MANY RECORDS AND REPORTS ARE GENERATED.

THIS PRESENTATION DESCRIBES SOME REPRESENTATIVE RECORDS. IT IS BY NO MEANS COMPLETE AS EACH FACILITY WILL HAVE ITS OWN REQUIREMENTS.

ONE OF THE PURPOSES OF THESE RECORDS AND REPORTS IS TO DEMONSTRATE COMPLIANCE WITH VARIOUS REQUIREMENTS.

NOTE: Each facility will need to meet the requirements of its regulatory body, individual contracts (DOE and other), cask vendor, shipper and any other jurisdictions whose approval is required for the shipment .


DATA AND QA RECORDS

THE FOLLOWING LIST PRESENTS A REPRESENTATIVE SET OF DATA SHEETS TO RECORD THE INFORMATION REGARDING THE RECEIPT, LOADING, PRE-SHIPMENT TESTING AND SHIPMENT OF SPENT FUEL. COPIES OF THESE FORMS MAY BE FOUND IN APPENDIX VII OF THE GUIDELINES DOCUMENT.

Spent Fuel Assembly Cropping Record
Form SFS-F01 records information on the fuel assemblies cropped for a spent fuel shipment. Information included is the ID of an assembly, the time and date of the cropping, verification of the ID and condition, as well as the storage locations before and after the cropping.

Receiving Radiation Survey Report
Form SFS-F02 records the radiation dose rates at the time of receiving the equipment. Information included is the date and time; location; reading; and corrective actions, if required.

Receiving Contamination Survey Report
Form SFS-F03 records the contamination survey results at the time of receiving the equipment. Information included is the date and time; swipe location; gross, background and net counts; and corrective actions, if required.

Standard And Special Tools Checklist
Form SFS-F04 provides a checklist for the Standard Tools to be supplied by the facility and the Special Tools supplied by the cask vendor.

Basket Loading Sheet
There is one Form SFS-F05 generated for each transfer basket. Each form contains the assigned Transfer Lot Number and the ID's of the assemblies put in the identified basket locations.

Spent Fuel Assembly Loading Record
Form SFS-F06 records the loading of the fuel assemblies into the transfer baskets. Information included is the ID of the fuel assemblies loaded, the time and date of their loading, the lot number of the basket loaded, verification of their ID and condition, as well as their storage locations before loading and the basket position they were loaded into.

Transfer Flask Survey Report
Form SFS-F07 records the results of the Transfer Flask Radiation and Contamination Survey. Information included is the transfer lot number; date and time of transfer; two sets of four external radiation readings; background and cask swipe counts; and any incidents. There is one report generated for each transfer lot.

Pre-Shipment Radiation Survey Report
Form SFS-F08 records the radiation dose rates of equipment surveyed during the pre-shipment preparations. Information included is the date and time; location; reading; and corrective actions, if required.


Pre-Shipment Contamination Survey Report
Form SFS-F09 records the contamination survey results of equipment surveyed during the pre-shipment preparations. Information included is the date and time; swipe location; gross, background and net counts; and corrective actions, if required.

Final Outgoing Survey Report
Form SFS-F10 records the results of the final outgoing radiation and contamination survey of the loaded truck and trailer. This report forms part of the legal record and must be verified by the Health Physicist.

Pre-Shipment Task Record
Form SFS-F11 records the completion of the various pre-shipment tasks, along with any necessary remarks.

Work Completion Checklist
Form SFS-F12 records the completion of all of the significant tasks.


SHIPPING DOCUMENTS

THE RECORDS PRESENTED BELOW INCLUDE SEVERAL NEEDED TO COMPLETE THE SHIPPING DOCUMENTATION.

REPRESENTATIVE RECORDS INCLUDE:

1. PACKING LIST
A list of all the documents accompanying the shipment.

2. BILL OF LADING
This describes the shipment in form and detail according to an internationally recognized format.

3. CARGO MANIFEST
A detailed description for the items in the shipment according to an internationally recognized format. This document accompanies the shipment to its destination.

4. LOCAL ROUTING TO PORT OF EXPORT
The safeguarded route to the point of export for the shipment.

5. TRANSPORTATION PLAN
The Transportation Plan for the complete shipping route.

6. LOCAL CUSTOMS FORMS
Customs forms for the consignor's country.

7. PROFORMA INVOICE
A Proforma Invoice is required for Customs purposes.

8. EXPORT PERMIT
An Export License may be needed by the facility.

9. IMO DANGEROUS GOODS DECLARATION
The IMO Dangerous Goods Declaration indicates compliance with international shipping regulations and describes the shipment and contents as required for international commerce.

10. VENDOR'S CASK CERTIFICATE
Cask certificate from Competent Authority for cask vendor's country.

11. LOCAL CASK ENDORSEMENT
Cask endorsement from Competent Authority for facility's country.

12. TRANSIT COUNTRIES' CASK ENDORSEMENTS
Cask endorsements from Competent Authorities for any transit countries.

13. USDOT CASK REGISTRATION
Certificate for cask from USDOT.

14. CERTIFICATE OF RADIATION CONTROL
A Certificate of Radiation Control or other such Health Physics document certifies the radiation and contamination condition of the shipping package at the time of departure from the facility.

15. CERTIFICATE OF FINANCIAL SECURITY
This demonstrates the facility's financial responsibility regarding the shipment.

16. CUSTOMS POWER OF ATTORNEY
This document gives the carrier or other party permission to act on behalf of the facility for shipment formalities.

17. INSTRUCTIONS TO DRIVERS AND CARRIERS
Instructions to the drivers and carriers regarding emergency plans, physical protection, reporting requirements and escort arrangements, etc.

18. EMERGENCY INSTRUCTIONS
Instructions regarding actions to be taken in the event of an emergency including telephone numbers for various emergency services en route.

19. INSTRUCTIONS TO ESCORTS
Instructions for the escorts regarding their responsibilities and communication information.

20. HAND TO HAND RECEIPT
A Hand to Hand receipt is required for physical protection reasons. It ensures the proper transfer of responsibility for the shipment along the route.

21. CASK LOADING ARRANGEMENT
Copies of the cask loading arrangements for the Receiver.

22. FINAL OUTGOING SURVEY REPORT
The results of the final radiation and contamination survey.

23. LOCAL COUNTRY MATERIAL TRANSFER FORMS
Three copies of the local material transfer forms with note to Receiver.

24. LETTER TO RECEIVER

25. PERMISSION TO SHIP
A copy of the official notification from the Receiver that they are ready to receive the shipment.

26. COMPLIANCE CHECKLIST
Form which records the completion of all of the significant tasks and compliance with all requirements.


REPORTS

FOLLOWING THE COMPLETION OF THE SHIPMENT, A REPORT SHOULD BE PREPARED FOR THE FILES.

IN ADDITION, REPORTS MAY NEED TO BE PREPARED FOR THE REGULATORY BODY, THE OPERATING ORGANIZATION AND OTHERS.

THE FORMS AND DOCUMENTS ITEMIZED IN THE FOLLOWING LIST ARE THE NECESSARY RECORDS AND REPORTS THAT HAVE TO BE KEPT FOR AT LEAST TWO YEARS FOLLOWING A SPENT FUEL SHIPMENT.

THESE FORMS AND THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THEM ARE LEGAL EVIDENCE OF COMPLIANCE WITH APPROPRIATE PROCEDURES. AS SUCH THEY SHOULD BE COLLECTED TOGETHER TO FORM A REPORT AFTER EACH SHIPMENT.

REPRESENTATIVE RECORDS INCLUDE:

1. DATA RECORDS

2. QA RECORDS

3. SHIPPING DOCUMENTS

4. TRANSPORTATION PLAN

5. EMERGENCY INSTRUCTIONS

6. PHYSICAL PROTECTION INSTRUCTIONS

7. INSTRUCTIONS TO ESCORTS

8. MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS

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