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)

PROCESS FOR RETURN OF
FOREIGN RESEARCH REACTOR (FRR)
TRIGA SPENT NUCLEAR FUEL(SNF)
TO THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY IDAHO


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Contact:
Mr. Robert Stump
U. S. Department of Energy
Idaho National Engineering Laboratory
850 Energy Drive, MS-1146
Idaho Falls, ID 83401-1563
Tel.: +1-208-526-1448
Fax: +1-208-526-0553
E-Mail: stumprc@inel.gov

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

PROCESS FOR RETURN OF
FOREIGN RESEARCH REACTOR (FRR)
TRIGA SPENT NUCLEAR FUEL(SNF)
TO THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY IDAHO

Presented by

Robert C. Stump

U.S. Department of Energy
Idaho Operations Office
Idaho National Engineering Laboratory (INEL)


INTRODUCTION

  • Background
  • Site Visits (preliminary contact)
  • Spent Nuclear Fuel (SNF) Data Request
    (Appendix A) - detailed information
  • Site Assessment - detailed SNF examination with team of technical personnel
  • Contracting - formalize roles, responsibilities and requirements for all involved parties
  • Transportation Services - utilize Savannah River Site (SRS) transportation services contract
  • Shipment Scheduling - team with SRS to maximize effort

BACKGROUND
  • Per the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), 19 countries identified with TRIGA SNF that may choose to participate in the program

High income economy countries:

Austria Finland Germany Italy
Japan Taiwan, ROC United Kingdom

Other countries:

Bangladesh Brazil Indonesia Malaysia
Mexico Philippines Romania Slovenia
South Korea Thailand Turkey Zaire
  • 28 total reactor facilities
  • Source of this criteria: Record of Decision for theFEIS on a Proposed Nuclear Weapon Nonproliferation Policy Concerning FRR SNF

PRELIMINARY SITE VISITS
  • Initiate contacts with reactor operators and identify key personnel (e.g., government agencies, etc.) - not all cases
  • Review SNF data available
  • Review reactor site and infrastructure capabilities
  • Review SNF storage facility and spent fuel condition
  • Exchange information regarding DOE program and reactor site needs (scheduling)

SNF DATA REQUEST
  • Questionnaire was sent in December, 1996
  • Eventually completed Appendix A of the contract/agreement
  • Provides detailed information used for:

- revising safety documentation at eventual storage facility

- ensuring satisfaction of transport cask license

- determines any preshipment treatment or packaging requirements

- identifies specific handling/shipping issues

  • Helps define safeguards and security requirements
  • Helps refine shipping schedule
  • Several months before shipment

DETAILED SITE ASSESSMENT
  • Team of SNF technical personnel from the INEL, cask vendor, and shipping agent

  • Detailed fuel examination as necessaryMeet storage facility acceptance

- Video examination to determine any failed/defective fuel

- Water quality testing or review existing data

- Determine if fuel needs to be canned/recanned

  • Detailed facility and infrastructure assessment

- Adequate crane capacity

- Adequate room/space to maneuver loading equipment

- Infrastructure adequacy for heavy loads

  • Finalize Appendix A information as necessary

CONTRACTING
  • Formalize roles and responsibilities for all involved entities
  • Identify any special requirements which were identified in detailed site assessment
  • Standard contract clauses
  • Fees (if any)

TRANSPORTATION SERVICES

  • SRS will be selecting a transportation services contractor in the near future
  • INEL will utilize SRS contract

SHIPMENT SCHEDULING
  • Review of the questionnaire will establish tentative shipping dates and special needs
  • Upon satisfactory receipt of detailed SNF data, shipping dates will be established
  • Maximize shipping effort to load ships may require minor schedule adjustment
  • Team-up with SRS to maximize transportation systems (casks, ships, etc.)

For Information, Please Contact

ROBERT C. STUMP
U. S. Department of Energy
Idaho National Engineering Laboratory
850 Energy Drive, MS-1146
Idaho Falls, ID 83401-1563

Telephone: 208 526-1448
Facsimile: 208 526-0553
E-Mail: stumprc@inel.gov

or

PETER J. DIRKMAAT
U. S. Department of Energy
Idaho National Engineering Laboratory
850 Energy Drive, MS-1154
Idaho Falls, ID 83401-1563

Telephone: 208 526-1439
Facsimile: 208 526-7245
E-Mail: dirkmapj@inel.gov

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