Accession Number:

ADA106573

Title:

Is Spent Fuel or Waste from Reprocessed Spent Fuel Simpler to Dispose of?

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC ENERGY AND MINERALS DIV

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1981-06-12

Pagination or Media Count:

67.0

Abstract:

Currently, the Department of Energy plans to permanently dispose of spent fuel without reprocessing, but some experts believe that this will waste a valuable source of uranium and plutonium and pose special waste isolation problems. Until the Congress makes a decision on the future of nuclear power, DOE has no option but to plan for any eventuality--including the potential geological disposal of spent fuel. This report concludes that spent fuel is more difficult to isolate from the biosphere than high-level waste reprocessed from spent fuel and discusses the status of DOEs efforts to provide a manmade barrier system which, when placed around the waste in a repository, will contain the radioactivity for at least the first 1,000 years.

Subject Categories:

  • Geology, Geochemistry and Mineralogy
  • Radiation Pollution and Control

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE