Storage of Spent Nuclear Fuel
Specific Safety Guide

IAEA Safety Standards Series No. SSG-15

Subject Classification: 0611-Radioactive waste management

English STI/PUB/1503; (ISBN:978-92-0-115110-0); 110 pp.; € 40.00; Date Published: 2012

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This Safety Guide provides recommendations and guidance on the storage of spent nuclear fuel. It covers all types of storage facilities and all types of spent fuel from nuclear power plants and research reactors. It takes into consideration the longer storage periods that have become necessary owing to delays in the development of disposal facilities and the decrease in reprocessing activities. It also considers developments associated with nuclear fuel, such as higher enrichment, mixed oxide fuels and higher burnup. The Safety Guide is not intended to cover the storage of spent fuel if this is part of the operation of a nuclear power plant or spent fuel reprocessing facility. Guidance is provided on all stages in the lifetime of a spent fuel storage facility, from planning through siting and design to operation and decommissioning, and in particular retrieval of spent fuel.

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