Spent Nuclear Fuel and Radioactive Waste Management

spent fuelERI has extensive experience in providing technical, economic, and policy analyses to government, utility and private spent fuel management programs. ERI offers spent fuel management consulting services that include:

  • Technical, regulatory, economic and policy analyses of the U.S. civilian radioactive waste management program on behalf of nuclear industry organizations and U.S. nuclear operating companies
  • Policy and economic analyses regarding nuclear industry legislative efforts on central interim storage, transport and disposal programs
  • Preparation of cost-benefit analysis and expert support for the licensing of a private spent fuel storage facility in the U.S.
  • Comprehensive analyses of alternatives for expansion of onsite spent fuel storage, including estimates of post-decommissioning storage duration and the associated costs
  • Projections of plant-by-plant spent fuel shipping schedules based on projected U.S. Department of Energy spent fuel acceptance rates
    Assessment of the licensing status of storage and transportation technologies.
  • Comprehensive analyses of the costs, timing, and issues associated with the construction of interim storage facilities
  • Analyses, expert testimony and expert support for spent fuel damages claims in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims against the United States associated with the U.S. Department of Energy’s failure to begin spent fuel acceptance.
  • Expertise in communicating with the media, public, and government officials about spent nuclear fuel storage, transportation, and disposal issues

ERI prepared a comprehensive Industry Spent Fuel Storage Handbook for use by U.S. electric utility companies, which was widely distributed by the Electric Power Research Institute. ERI also prepared a Spent Nuclear Fuel Transportation Overview, a technical report sponsored by the Electric Power Research Institute, which describes the technical, regulatory and policy framework for transporting spent nuclear fuel.