United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Use of Mixed Oxide Fuel in Power Reactors

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Under the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Surplus Plutonium Disposition Program, mixed oxide (MOX) fuel would be fabricated with surplus plutonium and uranium. The MOX fuel would then be used as fuel for the Catawba and McGuire commercial nuclear power reactors. There would be no reprocessing or subsequent reuse of the spent fuel, which would ultimately be disposed of in a geologic repository. The following documents contain more information about the use of MOX fuel in commercial nuclear power reactors, including reports sent to NRC from Duke Cogema Stone & Webster.

Date Title
03/03/05 Catawba Nuclear Station, Units 1 and 2 RE: Issuance of Amendments
03/03/05 Catawba Nuclear Station, Units 1 and 2 RE: Exemptions from Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations for the Use of Mixed Oxide (MOX) Fuel Lead Test Assemblies
07/27/04 Supplement 2 to Safety Evaluation For Proposed Amendments to the Facility Operating License and Technical Specifications to Allow Insertion of Mixed Oxide Fuel Lead Assemblies
05/05/04 Supplement 1 to Safety Evaluation For Proposed Amendments to the Facility Operating License and Technical Specifications to Allow Insertion of Mixed Oxide Fuel Lead Assemblies
04/05/04 Safety Evaluation For Proposed Amendments to the Facility Operating License and Technical Specifications to Allow Insertion of Mixed Oxide Fuel Lead Assemblies
10/04/00 MOX Fresh Fuel Transportation Package
Viewgraphs from October 4, 2000 meeting
02/11/00 Agency Plan for Confirmatory Research Associated with the Use of Mixed-Oxide Fuel in Commercial Light Water Reactors
05/17/99 ACRS Letter to NRC Chairman Jackson regarding needs for revised source term for high burnup MOX fuel
04/14/99 NRC Staff White Paper on Mixed-Oxide Fuel Use in Commercial Light Water Reactors
Duke, Cogema, Stone & Webster (DCS) Reports sent to NRC*
Date Title
04/30/01 MOX Fuel Qualification Plan
04/16/01 Updated MOX Fuel Qualification Plan
07/14/00 DCS transmits MOX Fuel Qualification Plan
07/14/00 DCS cover letter
Cover letter for first report
Fissile Materials Disposition Program Light Water Reactor Mixed Oxide Fuel Irradiation Test Project Plan
02/01/99 Survey of Worldwide Light Water Reactor Experience with Mixed Uranium-Plutonium Oxide Fuel
Appendix A: U.S. MOX Experience Table
Appendix B: MOX Experience Excerpt from GESMO
Appendix C: Bibliography

NOTE: "Fissile Materials Disposition Program Light Water Reactor Mixed Oxide Fuel Irradiation Test Project Plan" and "Survey of Worldwide Light Water Reactor Experience with Mixed Uranium-Plutonium Oxide Fuel." The DCS reports are available as seven separate PDFs.

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