Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Probabilistic Safety Assessment & Management (PSAM)
166 Safety Assessment Tool Developed for Nuclear Fuel Handling Facilities (PSAM-0436)
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The PCSA Tool software has been developed to aid the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission in reviewing a preclosure safety analysis of a potential high-level waste geologic repository. During the preclosure period (i.e., the period before permanent closure), the nuclear waste may be handled at the surface and subsurface facilities for receiving, repackaging, transporting, and emplacing. To ensure public and worker safety, the Yucca Mountain site-specific regulation 10 CFR Part 63 requires that the U.S. Department of Energy perform a preclosure safety analysis to demonstrate that a geologic repository can be designed and operated in compliance with the performance objectives. The...