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Fuel Cycle & Waste Management
Devoted to all aspects of the nuclear fuel cycle including waste management, worldwide. Division specific areas of interest and involvement include uranium conversion and enrichment; fuel fabrication, management (in-core and ex-core) and recycle; transportation; safeguards; high-level, low-level and mixed waste management and disposal; public policy and program management; decontamination and decommissioning environmental restoration; and excess weapons materials disposition.
Materials in Nuclear Energy Systems (MiNES 2023)
December 10–14, 2023
New Orleans, LA|New Orleans Marriott
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First container of test glass filled at Hanford’s Vit Plant
Bechtel and the Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management announced on December 4 that the first set of test glass was successfully poured into a stainless-steel storage container designed to hold vitrified waste at Hanford’s Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant, also known as the Vit Plant.
Nuclear fuel, usually made from uranium, is one of the most dense fuel sources available. A single pellet of uranium fuel, weighing just six grams, has about as much energy available in today’s fission reactor as 3 barrels of oil (42 gallons each), 1 ton of coal, or 17,000 cubic feet of natural gas.
For more than fifty years, the nuclear fuel cycle has contributed to clean energy in the United States and around the world. The nuclear fuel cycle relies on uranium, a relatively common and abundant element, and consists of the processes and industrial operations required to extract usable energy from uranium. When reprocessing and recycling of used nuclear fuel (UNF), also known as spent nuclear fuel, is included as a part of the fuel cycle, a truly repeatable loop is created.
*Not performed in the United States
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