Safety and Security of Commercial Spent Nuclear Fuel Storage: Public Report


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In response to a request from Congress, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Department of Homeland Security sponsored a National Academies study to assess the safety and security risks of spent nuclear fuel stored in cooling pools and dry casks at commercial nuclear power plants. The information provided in this book examines the risks of terrorist attacks using these materials for a radiological dispersal device. "Safety and Security of Commercial Spent Nuclear Fuel" is an unclassified public summary of a more detailed classified book. The book finds that successful terrorist attacks on spent fuel pools, though difficult, are possible. A propagating fire in a pool could release large amounts of radioactive material, but rearranging spent fuel in the pool during storage and providing emergency water spray systems would reduce the likelihood of a propagating fire even under severe damage conditions. The book suggests that additional studies are needed to better understand these risks. Although dry casks have advantages over cooling pools, pools are necessary at all operating nuclear power plants to store at least the recently discharged fuel. The book explains it would be difficult for terrorists to steal enough spent fuel to construct a significant radiological dispersal device.

Title: Safety and Security of Commercial Spent Nuclear Fuel Storage: Public Report

Author Name: Lanzerotti, Louis J.; Alexander, Carl A.; Bernero, Robert M.; Brewster, M. Quinn; National Research Council Of the National Academies

Categories: Other,

Publisher: United States, National Academies Press, U.S.: 2005

ISBN Number: 0309096472

ISBN Number 13: 9780309096478

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition: Good

Type: Book

Seller ID: 005024

Description: No interior writing or highlighting. Some coverwear/pagewear. Last page is covered in black smudge marks. Safety and Security of Commercial Spent Nuclear Fuel Storage: Public Report By Lanzerotti, Louis J.; Alexander, Carl A.; Bernero, Robert M.; Brewster, M. Quinn; National Research Council Of the National Academies Product Details Th National Academies Advisers to the Nation on Science, Engineering, and Medicine. The nation turns to the National Academies National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute Of Medicine, and National Research Council for Independent, objective advice on issues that affect people's lives worldwide. Paperback: 116 pages Publisher: National Academies Press; 1st edition (January 2006) Language: English ISBN: 0309096472 Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.2 x 10.5 inches

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