The key to finding a new transuranic
element is the observation of a source of nuclear fission or of alpha-particle decay that does not correspond to any nuclear species already known.
They therefore would become "burner" reactors for fissioning the plutonium and the minor transuranic
elements, neptunium, americium, and curium, recovered from spent fuel from light water reactors.
That includes 20,000 cubic yards of highly radioactive transuranic
Rocky Flats waste.
The national dialogue process began with a series of regional pilot field workshops, followed by subnational forums to formulate public values and principles surrounding the transportation and disposal of nuclear materials, including plutonium, spent nuclear fuel, and transuranic
High-level waste is "thousands to millions of times more radioactive" than transuranic
waste, Hancock said.
Officials hope the new infrastructure will help finish the job of treating some 65,000 cubic meters of Idaho's transuranic
nuclear waste before a 2018 deadline.
Department of Transportation to make necessary repairs to New Mexico roads used for the transportation of transuranic
waste to WIPP in the southeastern portion of New Mexico.
The facility is used to store transuranic
waste left over from nuclear weapons research and testing operations from our past defense activities.