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Room at the Mountain: Estimated Maximum Amounts of Commerical Spent Nuclear Fuel Capable of Disposal in a Yucca Mountain Repository

[+] Author Affiliations
John H. Kessler

Electric Power Research Institute, Charlotte, NC

Michael J. Apted, Wei Zhou

Monitor Scientific, LLC, Denver, CO

John Kemeny

University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Fraser King

Integrity Corrosion Consulting, Ltd., Calgary, AB, Canada

Alan M. Ross

Alan M. Ross and Associates, Pleasanton, CA

Benjamen Ross

Disposal Safety, Inc., Washington, D.C.

Franklin W. Schwartz

Ohio State University, Powell, OH

Paper No. ICONE14-89857, pp. 981-990; 10 pages
  • 14th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering
  • Volume 1: Plant Operations, Maintenance and Life Cycle; Component Reliability and Materials Issues; Codes, Standards, Licensing and Regulatory Issues; Fuel Cycle and High Level Waste Management
  • Miami, Florida, USA, July 17–20, 2006
  • Conference Sponsors: Nuclear Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4242-8 | eISBN: 0-7918-3783-1
  • Copyright © 2006 by ASME


The purpose of this paper is to present an initial analysis of the maximum amount of commercial spent nuclear fuel (CSNF) that could be emplaced into a geological repository at Yucca Mountain. This analysis identifies and uses programmatic, material, and geological constraints and factors that affect this estimation of maximum amount of CSNF for disposal. The conclusion of this initial analysis is that the current legislative limit on Yucca Mountain disposal capacity, 63,000 MTHM of CSNF, is a small fraction of the available physical capacity of the Yucca Mountain system assuming the current high-temperature operating mode (HTOM) design. EPRI is confident that at least four times the legislative limit for CSNF (∼260,000 MTHM) can be emplaced in the Yucca Mountain system. It is possible that with additional site characterization, upwards of nine times the legislative limit (∼570,000 MTHM) could be emplaced.

Copyright © 2006 by ASME



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