Economics of a small-volume low-level radioactive waste disposal facility
This report was prepared by the US Department of Energy National Low-Level Waste Management Program to present the results of a life-cycle cost analysis of a low-level radioactive waste disposal facility, including all support facilities, beginning in the preoperational phase and continuing through post-closure care. The disposal technology selected for this report is earth-covered concrete vaults, which use reinforced concrete vaults constructed above grade and an earth cover constructed at the end of the operational period for permanent closure. The report develops a design, cost estimate, and schedule for the base case and eight alternative scenarios involving changes in total disposal capacity, operating life, annual disposal rate, source of financing and long-term interest rates. The purpose of this analysis of alternatives is to determine the sensitivity of cost to changes in key analytical or technical parameters, thereby evaluating the influence of a broad range of conditions. The total estimated cost of each alternative is estimated and a unit disposal charge is developed.
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|Subject:||management of radioactive and non-radioactive wastes from nuclear facilities | LOW-LEVEL RADIOACTIVE WASTES | RADIOACTIVE WASTE DISPOSAL | RADIOACTIVE WASTE FACILITIES | DESIGN | RADIOACTIVE WASTE MANAGEMENT | OPERATION|
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