CONTENTS

 

 

Note to Readers,

 

1

 

 

Summary for Congress,

 

3

 

 

Executive Summary,

 

5

1.

 

Introduction and Background,

 

12

   

1.1 Context for this study,

 

12

   

1.2 Strategy to address the study charges,

 

13

   

1.3 Report roadmap,

 

16

   

1.4 Background on spent nuclear fuel and its storage,

 

16

2.

 

Terrorist Attacks on Spent Fuel Storage,

 

25

   

2.1 Background on risk,

 

25

   

2.2 Terrorist attack scenarios,

 

28

   

2.3 Risks of terrorist attacks on spent fuel storage facilities,

 

34

   

2.4 Findings and recommendations,

 

36

3.

 

Spent Fuel Pool Storage,

 

38

   

3.1 Background on spent fuel pool storage,

 

40

   

3.2 Previous studies on safety and security of pool storage,

 

44

   

3.3 Evaluation of the potential risks of pool storage,

 

47

   

3.4 Findings and recommendations,

 

57

4.

 

Dry Cask Storage and Comparative Risks,

 

60

   

4.1 Background on dry cask storage,

 

61

   

4.2 Evaluation of potential risks of dry cask storage,

 

64

   

4.3 Potential advantages of dry storage over wet storage,

 

68

   

4.4 Findings and recommendations,

 

69

5.

 

Implementation Issues,

 

75

   

5.1 Timing issues,

 

75

   

5.2 Communication issues,

 

75

   

5.3 Finding and recommendation,

 

77

 

 

References,

 

79

 

 

Appendixes

 

 

A.

 

Information-gathering sessions,

 

83

B.

 

Biographical sketches of committee members,

 

87

C.

 

Tour of selected spent fuel storage-related installations in Germany,

 

92

D.

 

Historical development of current commercial power reactor fuel operations,

 

100

E.

 

Glossary,

 

108

F.

 

Acronyms,

 

115



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