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2022 ANS Winter Meeting and Technology Expo
November 13–17, 2022
Phoenix, AZ|Arizona Grand Resort
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The DRUM program: Cataloging America’s abandoned uranium mines
Based on a review of U.S. Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) records and available data from numerous agencies, there are an estimated 4,225 mines across the country that provided uranium ore to the U.S. government for defense-related purposes between 1947 and 1970. To aid in the cleanup of these legacy uranium mines and establish a record of their locations and current conditions, the Defense-Related Uranium Mines (DRUM) program was established within the Department of Energy’s Office of Legacy Management (LM).
April 26, 2022|12:00–1:30PM (1:00–2:30PM EDT)
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Christopher Perfetti, assistant professor at the University of New Mexico, will analyze the Chernobyl accident from the viewpoint of a reactor physicist. He will explore the physical mechanisms that led to Chernobyl's runaway chain reaction and will explain why they are not possible in modern reactors. In addition, he will:
This presentation will provide a valuable understanding of reactor physics, and will also provide enough interesting information about Chernobyl to appeal to seasoned reactor physicists.