A wide-ranging analysis of the possible futures for the UK's stocks of uranium and plutonium materials has been released by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA).
The analysis, "Uranium and Plutonium: Macro-Economic Study," provides an economic analysis of potential future disposition options for the UK’s significant stock of nuclear materials. These materials, principally from uranium enrichment, nuclear fuel manufacture and used nuclear fuel reprocessing, could be immobilised and disposed of, stored over the long-term, sold or converted to fuel to be re-used in nuclear power stations, the report says.
The study has been conducted on behalf of the NDA by Environmental Resources Management (ERM) and Integrated Decision Management (IDM) and analyses a range of options from declaring all the materials to be wastes through to a case with maximum re-usage as fuel. However, the study does not set out a preferred option or make any recommendations.
It is available from: www.nda.gov.uk/documents/upload/Uranium-and-Plutonium-Macro-Economic-Study-June-2007.pdf
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