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NWTRB Fact Sheets
Note: Brief summaries of technical issues relevant to management and disposal of high-level nuclear waste and spent nuclear fuel in the United States.  These files are provided in PDF format for reading by Adobe Acrobat reader, which can be downloaded free from Adobe File sizes are provided..

Spent Nuclear Fuel and High-Level Radioactive Waste in the United States

Available as:
SNF and HLW; - March 2016 (PDF format - 477KB)

DOE-Managed Spent Nuclear Fuel

Available as:
DOE SNF; - March 2016 (PDF format - 419KB)

Calcined High-Level Radioactive Waste

Available as:
Calcined HLW; - March 2016 (PDF format - 426KB)

Commercial Spent Nuclear Fuel

Available as:
Commercial SNF; - March 2016 (PDF format - 502KB)

Vitrified High-Level Radioactive Waste

Available as:
Vitrified HLW; - March 2016 (PDF format - 384KB)

Cesium and Strontium Capsules

Available as:
Cesium and Strontium; - March 2016 (PDF format - 393KB)

Extended SNF Dry Storage

Available as:
Extended SNF Dry Storage; - February 15, 2012 (PDF format - 345KB)

Radiation Source Term

Information on the "radiation source term," which sets the boundary condition for assessing the containment capability of the undisturbed geology in a repository system. Knowing the source term accurately is crucial for properly assessing the performance of a repository and the potential radiation dose to the public.

Available as:
Radiation Source Term; - October 11, 2011 (PDF format - 23KB)

Technical Advancements and Issues Associated with Permanent Disposal of High-Activity Waste

Available as:
Technical Advancements; - March 1, 2011 (PDF format - 108KB)

Uranium Supply and Demand

Estimates of current and future supply of and demand for uranium, the source of the isotope uranium-235 used to fuel the overwhelming majority of nuclear power plants.

Available as:
Uranium; - September 12, 2010 (PDF format - 150KB)