WMS Journal Volume 2, Issue 3

Publisher’s Note

This issue of the WMS Journal is a combination of original works and a selection of papers presented at WM2017.

Spent Fuel Management

Standardized Canisters for Spent Nuclear Fuel:  Their Potential Impact and a Proposed Path Forward. This original work was developed by DOE’s Integrated Waste Management System by authors at Oak Ridge, Sandia and Argonne Labs. 

Drying Simulated Advanced Gas Reactor Fuel: Providing the ConceptThis excellent paper was done by authors at the University of Leeds.  It addresses the challenges of dry storage of stainless steel-clad fuel.

End of the (Fuel) Cycle:  What Can South Australia Learn from the World?  This paper, produced by my colleagues at University College London – Australia addresses the potential for establishing an international repository for spent fuel disposal in Australia.  It stems from the recommendations of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission’s report of 2016.

Public Consultation

The Importance and Impact of Public Engagement for the Nuclear Industry This paper is a collaboration of authors from University of Bristol, University of Oxford, Magnox Ltd, Sellafield Ltd and Horizon Nuclear Power Ltd.  It presents experiences and challenges in public consultation in the UK.

Geographic Information Systems as an Opportunity for Citizens to Contribute to Environmental Data Analysis for Nuclear Waste Management.  This paper, written by colleagues at Argonne Lab, explains the value of GIS systems in the public consultation process for radioactive waste management. 

Remediation and Decommissioning

Ammonia Gas Treatment for Uranium Immobilization at DOE Hanford Site This paper is authored by researchers at the Applied Research Center of Florida International University.  It addresses the use of ammonia gas to immobilize uranium in the vadose zone at Hanford.

Mitigation of Radioactive Waste by Sampling and Analyzing the Affected Area and Efficient Use of Different Detectors.  This paper is written by a researcher at Amity University in India.  It addresses procedures that can be adopted during the decommissioning or remediation of nuclear sites.

A Study of Geological Disposal Facility Ageing Phenomena in Bentonite This paper was written by researchers at the University of Bristol.  It addresses the contributions of bentonite to waste containment.

High-Resolution Aerial Radiation Mapping for Nuclear Decontamination and Decommissioning. This paper is authored by researchers at the University of Bristol.  It addresses the use of unmanned aerial vehicles to assess contamination for remediation.

Diamond Dose Rate Detector Testing at KURRI – A Joint UK-Japan Research Project. This paper is a collaboration of Kyoto University and University of Bristol.  It addresses radiation detection methods being developed in response to the Fukushima event.

The Micro-Optical Ring Electrode:  A Sensor for Multiple Actinide Ions Monitoring.  This paper is the result of research by Lancaster University and Sellafield Sites Ltd.  It presents a new technology for analysis of trans-uranic elements in aqueous mixtures.

Final Notes

This is the last issue of the WMS Journal. I would like to thank the Board of Directors of WM Symposia for supporting the development of the Journal. Thanks also to the two editors – Harry Babad and Leif Eriksson – for their work on the Journal as well as to the WMS staff for producing and distributing the Journal.

James Voss, EurIng, FNucI, CEng