DOE announces contract

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The Department of Energy's Savannah River Operations Office announced today the award of $3.4 million contract to Cavanagh Service Group for shipping services of depleted uranium oxide under the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act project at the Savannah River Site.

According to a news release, over the next 14 months, approximately 14,800 drums of DUO will be shipped out of South Carolina for final disposal using 52 DOE-owned gondola railcars that meet federal shipping requirements.

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SCEagle Eye
SCEagle Eye 07/17/09 - 02:44 pm
I wonder if the people of

I wonder if the people of Utah are going to get weary of all the nuclear waste such as this being dumped on them? I take it there's a rush to get this uranium, a by-product of reprocessing, off the site as soon as possible.

A question for anyone who mistakenly calls reprocessing "recycling": Why isn't this reprocessed uranium (RepU) being "recycled" if that's what reprocessing is all about? Please explain.

Keep in mind that RepU is contaminated, that there are thousands of tons of the stuff at reprocessing plants, and that France only reuses a small but of it.

SimpleSimon 07/19/09 - 10:23 am
Most Rx fuel has a fairly low

Most Rx fuel has a fairly low enrichment of fissile isotopes. The remaining material is mostly U238, moderators and other additives to control fuel burnout . Hence when a fuel is burned out (used up) it leaves a little fissile material remaining. which is later extracted for collection & reuse leaving this byproduct waste material which is 'depleted' uranium. As in 'depleted' of fissile isotopes. It is essentaiily non-fissile U238 with some minor contaminates. It's not of much use. Hope this helps.

Regards, Simple Simon

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