AN INDEPENDENT COST ASSESSMENT OF THE NATION'S HIGH-LEVEL NUCLEAR WASTE PROGRAM

 
February
1998

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APPENDIX A: ACRONYMS
We have attempted to explain acronyms in the body of the text. The following is a summary list and explanation of the more commonly used acronyms:
CSF:Central Storage Facility
 A facility for above-ground dry storage of large volumes of spent fuel previously located in spent fuel pools or dry storage at multiple reactor sites. The facility would include equipment for opening and reloading casks and canisters, but not for consolidation of spent fuel or other operations envisioned for the Monitored Retrievable Storage (MRS) facility specified in the NWPA.
DOE:The US Department of Energy
 In this report "DOE" generally refers to the Department's Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management (DOE/OCRWM) established by the Nuclear Waste Policy Act to dispose of spent nuclear fuel and other highly radioactive wastes.
ESF:The Exploratory Studies Facility
 A five-mile tunnel into and across the emplacement block within Yucca Mountain, in which DOE will conduct tests and experiments critical to determining the suitability of the mountain for permanent geologic disposal.
HLW:High-Level Waste
 Highly radioactive material, containing fission products, traces of uranium and plutonium and other transuranic elements, that results from chemical reprocessing of spent fuel.
LWT:Legal-Weight Truck
 Legal weight on the nation's highways is generally 80,000 lbs, or 40 tons, including the payload, shipping tackle, truck and trailer.
MTU:Metric Tons Uranium
 
NRC:The Nuclear Regulatory Commission
 Previously part of the Atomic Energy Commission, the NRC is the regulatory body responsible for licensing the repository, nuclear reactors and their pools and dry storage facilities, a centralized dry storage facility, and transportation casks and canisters.
NWF:The Nuclear Waste Fund
 Established by the Nuclear Waste Policy Act (Section 302) with revenues from the one mil per kilowatt hour fee on sales of nuclear-generated power to ensure full recovery of the costs of long-term storage and permanent disposal of commercial SNF.
NWPA:The Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982
 The act is Public Law 97-425, January 7, 1983. It established DOE/OCRWM and its responsibilities to dispose of commercial spent fuel, in return for the payment of fees on sales of nuclear generated power. The act was amended by Title V of Public Law 100-203 in December 1997. Proposed legislation in the Senate (S-104) and House (HR-1270) would replace the NWPA.
PETT:Payments Equal to Taxes
 Section 116(c)(3) of the NWPA, requires DOE to grant to the State of Nevada or any affected unit of government amounts equal to the taxes on comparable non-Federal real property and industrial activity.
SNF:Spent Nuclear Fuel
 Fuel that has been irradiated in a nuclear reactor to the point that it no longer contributes efficiently to the nuclear chain reaction. Spent fuel is thermally hot and highly radioactive.
TSLCC: Total System Life Cycle Cost
 Life cycle costing was created during the 1970's to consider the ownership (operations) as well as the acquisition (design and construction) costs of military systems, and to compare systems over their "life cycle", taking into account the value of money spent at various points in time. See "Life Cycle Costing: Techniques, Models and Applications" by B.S. Dhillon, 1989.

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