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A research and consulting firm hired by Illinois governor J. B. Pritzker’s administration to scrutinize the financial fitness of Exelon’s Byron and Dresden nuclear plants approves of limited state subsidies for the facilities, according to a redacted version of the firm’s report made available yesterday.
Abul Kalam Md. Lutfor Rahman, Shigeyuki Kuwabara, Kunio Kato, Hidehiko Arima, Nobuhiro Shigyo, Kenji Ishibashi, Jun-ichi Hori, Ken Nakajima, Tetsuo Goto, Mikio Uematsu
Nuclear Science and Engineering | Volume 160 | Number 3 | November 2008 | Pages 363-369
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.13182/NSE160-363
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Nuclear waste contains a significant amount of long-lived non-gamma-emitting nuclei such as 129I and 14C. A method of nondestructive detection for monitoring long-lived waste products is proposed as an application of the (,n) reaction. This method is useful for surveying long-lived "difficult-to-measure" nuclides, e.g., 129I. Iodine-128 produced from the reaction of 129I(,n)128I emits gamma rays that can easily be measured by a gamma-ray counter. We measured the inclusive photonuclear 129I(,n)128I reaction cross section induced by bremsstrahlung photons. The photons were produced at a Ta target bombarded by 30-MeV electrons from a linear accelerator. The intensity of the slow neutrons was considered in the reactions of 127I(n, )128I and 129I(n, )130I. The activity of 128I was measured by a high-purity germanium spectrometer. The gamma-ray flux and the neutron flux were calculated using the EGS and MCNP codes, respectively. The average activation cross section of the 129I(,n)128I reaction had a 12% deviation from the evaluated International Atomic Energy Agency photonuclear data.