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2008 DOE Spent Nuclear Fuel and High Level Waste Inventory

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Spent Nuclear Fuel and High Level Waste Data

The Department of Energy (DOE) produced spent nuclear fuel (SNF) and High Level Waste (HLW) for many years for national defense and other programmatic missions. The majority of SNF was produced at the Hanford Site, the Idaho National Laboratory, and the Savannah River Site.  Numerous other sites also produced smaller quantities of SNF including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Brookhaven National Laboratory, National Institute of Standards Testing, universities etc. Hanford Site, INL, and SRS are the primary storage locations for all of DOE SNF.  Hanford, INL, and SRS are also the locations where SNF was reprocessed in order to recover any unused uranium. Once the uranium is recovered from the SNF, the remaining material is HLW. This map illustrates the current quantities of SNF and HLW at each site.

DOE maintains a database to provide information about DOE managed SNF. The Spent Fuel Database contains the following information: 

    • Inventory data by site, area, and facility
    • Physical characteristics
    • Chemical composition of the fuel compound, cladding, and other significant constituent components
    • Burnup data
    • Source term data

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