Orano TN’s NUHOMS dry storage systems will be allowed to store used nuclear fuel with significantly shorter cooling times and higher decay heat under licensing amendments approved by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). The reduced cooling times – as short as two years – create flexibility for transferring used nuclear fuel from storage pools to dry storage pads at both operating and shut-down nuclear reactor sites, the company said. This is of particular significance for reactor sites scheduled for permanent shutdown, as it means the decommissioning milestone of “pool-to-pad” fuel transfer can potentially be completed years sooner. This in turn reduces site emergency planning requirements and costs, while enabling the site to accelerate plant decommissioning and achieve partial licence termination.
World Nuclear News 10th April 2019 read more »