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Proceedings of the Advisory Committee on Nuclear Waste Transportation Working Group Meeting: November 19–20, 2002, and April 22, 2003 (NUREG/CP-0182)

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Manuscript Completed: June 2003
Date Published:
September 2003

Proceedings Edited by:
Timothy J. Kobetz, Senior Staff Engineer

Proceedings Prepared by:
Advisory Committee on Nuclear Waste
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555-0001

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Abstract

This report contains the information presented at the Advisory Committee on Nuclear Waste Transportation Working Group (TWG) Meeting held at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) headquarters in Rockville, Maryland, on November 19-20, 2002. Summaries of participant discussions and the presentation material provided during the meeting are included. In addition, Appendix D to this report contains information presented at the TWG Follow-On Meeting conducted on April 22, 2003.

The objective of these two meetings was to examine the technical aspects of spent fuel transportation package design, analysis, and testing to determine whether sufficient evidence exists or additional evidence needs to be obtained to substantiate that spent fuel can be transported safely. In addition, spent fuel and high-level waste transportation experience was reviewed to determine whether the transportation packages used have performed as designed. Various national laboratories, cask vendors, industry groups, and NRC staff who have been directly involved in the transportation of spent fuel and high-level waste over the past 30 years made presentations at the meetings. Past and future transportation safety studies were also discussed at the meetings. Special emphasis was placed on the transportation package because, if no significant package failure occurs, there can be no significant radiation consequences.

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