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NRC: Consolidated Interim Storage Facility (CISF)

Will Rick Perry bring high-level radioactive waste to Texas?


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PostPosted: Jan 12, 2017 5:17 pm 
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They submitted a licence request a while ago. Consolidated Interim Storage Facility:

Texas firm files with NRC for interim storage site license for spent nuclear fuel

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PostPosted: Jan 13, 2017 7:21 am 
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Is this literally dry casks out in the middle of nowhere?
Does seem to be much cheaper than all the other options available.


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So, a Nevada paper - Las Vegas Sun - is complaining(?) about Texas gaining a "highly lucrative radioactive waste facility" ??? Hypocrisy at its finest.


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PostPosted: Jan 14, 2017 1:11 am 
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E Ireland wrote:
Is this literally dry casks out in the middle of nowhere?
Does seem to be much cheaper than all the other options available.

Essentially, yes. It will allow those plants that HAVE decommissioned to actually remove their SNF from the site.

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Why A Small Texas Town Wants Oregon’s Nuclear Waste

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Communities from Oregon to New York may be clamoring to get nuclear waste out of their backyards, but one small town in west Texas is actively vying to store the nation’s spent nuclear fuel — at least for the next century or so. “We don’t see it as some big, you know, dangerous, terrible, ominous figure,” said Julia Wallace, executive director of the Andrews Chamber of Commerce. “It’s just another day’s work.” Andrews, Texas, also sees the economic benefits that could come with storing high-level nuclear waste. “This is an industry and area that I think is going to continue to grow, and it’s a need that needs to be met. So I think we’re on to something here,” Wallace said. Andrews is working with the waste management company, Waste Control Specialists, to expand the capacity of their low-level waste facility into consolidated interim storage — temporary storage for high-level waste before it is disposed of or some other use is found. The Department of Energy (DOE) proposed consolidated interim storage as a way to fulfill their obligation to manage the country’s nuclear waste. The DOE wants to start by moving the spent nuclear fuel from 13 shuttered utilities, including the former Trojan Nuclear Plant near Rainier, Oregon, just across the Columbia River from Longview, Washington. But that is not likely to happen anytime soon.

In 2016, Waste Control Specialists applied to store high-level commercial spent nuclear fuel 30 miles west of Andrews, Texas. The company’s facility should be able to take up to 80 percent of the waste currently stored at shut-down reactors across the country. But that’s not going to happen anytime soon. Even if the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission approves the application, there are issues of transportation and cost. Additionally, the Nuclear Waste Policy Act allows the government to build one consolidated storage facility, like the one in Andrews, only after construction of a nuclear waste repository has been licensed. If the Texas facility is allowed to temporarily accept nuclear waste, Geoffrey Fettus of the Natural Resources Defense Council has concerns.


I don't know, man. Watching Rick Perry's confirmation hearing yesterday makes me think this man has a plan, and that plan is consolidated interim storage in West Texas.


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Issa takes another stab at moving nuclear waste from San Onofre

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Called the Interim Consolidated Storage Act, among the bill’s features is a target to move waste from some sites across the country into a storage site in as soon as five years — provided the bill becomes law. It would be expensive but under the bill’s provisions, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) would be allowed to use interest from the massive amount of money sitting in the government’s Nuclear Waste Fund. The fund is worth at least $35.8 billion but has grown even larger because it earns an estimated $1.3 billion a year in interest income.


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PostPosted: Feb 25, 2017 11:54 am 
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40 kton HM! Wow.

How much heat is this going to generate?


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Hmm, this source suggests it is going to average at least 1 kWt/t

http://fissilematerials.org/library/ipf ... e-2011.pdf

That is going to be at least 40 MW then!


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Cyril R wrote:
That is going to be at least 40 MW then!

Like having a 200x200m blacktop parking lot. So, paint the lids very white and the heat is balanced, or pretty close.

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KitemanSA wrote:
Cyril R wrote:
That is going to be at least 40 MW then!

Like having a 200x200m blacktop parking lot. So, paint the lids very white and the heat is balanced, or pretty close.


But the 40 MW is 24/7. Sun gives you 40 MW just in the summertime at noon.

What can be done with a constant 40 MW of heat supply but at low grade? Too much trouble given the high source term?


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PostPosted: Feb 26, 2017 10:34 am 
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I have some ideas but it would probably come out quite expensive.
You could put them someplace cold and have the casks inside polytunnels.


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E Ireland wrote:
I have some ideas but it would probably come out quite expensive.
You could put them someplace cold and have the casks inside polytunnels.


Yeah it's probably not worth it. Probably looking at the Cs-137 source term, the 40 MW seems to be not worth messing with.

Still seems like a waste. 40 MW, day in day out, for decades, going to waste... quite a few MWh here. 40*24*365*40 years = 14016000 MWh.

Maybe you can put the casks themselves in a giant pond and use the hot water for some process heat app. If calamity ensues and the whole process heat app is lost, the water will simply boil away and then the casks would be air cooled as designed. Seems pretty safe. I guess a giant pond of water in the desert might be an issue...


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PostPosted: Mar 02, 2017 4:43 am 
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Cyril R wrote:
Still seems like a waste. 40 MW, day in day out, for decades, going to waste... quite a few MWh here. 40*24*365*40 years = 14016000 MWh.
At about 14kWh(th)/m^3 desalination, that would have been about 1000,000,000 m^3 of fresh water. Call it ~25,000,000m^3/year. That is barely worth it.

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