Dry Storage Handbook

This handbook contain a technical assessment of the expected performance of spent nuclear fuel (SNF) during extended dry-storage time periods and the condition of such fuel at the end of dry storage.

The principal focus of the reviews is on SNF and the effects of dry storage rather than on dry-storage containers and the related storage facilities. The objective is to provide background information on the likely behavior of materials comprising water reactor fuel assemblies and on the performance of integral assemblies under conditions typical of dry storage for extended intervals of time.

In brief, the technical assessment supports a conclusion that, although technical issues have been postulated with regard to long-term storage, there are no high-risk concerns with the extension of dry storage to long times; with proper planning and implementation.