5 Recommendations

Confirmation that the waste forms produced by EMT are acceptable within the DOE's Office of Radioactive Waste (DOE-RW) Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management (OCRWM) program for final geological disposal must be a key component in a full qualification of the EMT process.

If DOE concludes that the EMT process is unsuitable for processing the remainder of the EBR-II fuel, then the PUREX process could be evaluated for its applicability to treatment of EBR-II spent fuel. However, a significant issue for treating EBR-II fuel at SRS by PUREX relates to public concerns about transportation of the fuel from the current storage site at ANL-W to SRS.

In recognition of the progress that ANL has made in the demonstration and in accord with the committee's previous recommendations, we recommend to DOE that ANL's demonstration project be carried to completion.



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