Away-from-reactor storage of spent nuclear fuel : factors affecting demand

by Patricia M. Dinneen, Kenneth A. Solomon, Mark B. Triplett


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Among the options available for temporary (interim) storage of spent nuclear fuel are on-site storage by utilities, private away-from-reactor (AFR) storage facilities, and government AFRs. This analysis of factors that affect the magnitude and timing of demand for government AFRs recognizes the uncertainty in predicting AFR demand, particularly with regard to future demand for nuclear energy, costs, and political regulatory policies. Illustrations are given of causes for variations in demand estimates, and actions identified that may be taken by groups, within and outside the government, to influence the level and timing of demands.

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