70,000 metric tons of Spent Nuclear Fuel (SNF) and High Level Radioactive Waste (HLW) were orphaned by the final demise of the Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management on September 30, 2010. Where should that material go?
The goal of providing comprehensive physical protection for significant quantities of fissile materials was announced at the Nuclear Security Summit in 2010.
Approximately 1,500,000 cubic feet of low level radioactive waste needs disposal in the United States each year with continuing challenges over disposal capacity.
Each of these issues involve both challenges and opportunities for US businesses. When the Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future completes its review and makes recommendations, will you be ready to respond? Let RAMTASC help position your business influence the things it cannot control and effectively manage the changes that are coming to radioactive material management in productive ways.
In 2006, the National Research Council of the National Academies reported that shipments of spent nuclear fuel were thousands of times safer than shipments of other common hazardous materials. This comparison was on a per shipment basis. When the relatively small number of spent nuclear fuel shipments is taken into account compared to other hazardous commodities, the net safety impact is even greater. The report was published in the book: "Going the Distance? The safe transport of spent nuclear fuel and high level radioactive waste in the United States". The book can be downloaded from the National Academies Press at: http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=11538 If these shipments are safe compared to other hazmat movements, why are they perceived as more risky?
There are many opportunities for increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of radioactive material management in this country. Each of these opportunities has technical, and social challenges. Let RAMTASC help your company achieve its goals in this exciting environment. We offer a range of services described on our "What We Do" link in the navigation pane above. Check out our offerings and contact us to see how we can help map your path to success in the world of radioactive material management.