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Holtec’s involvement in the Ukraine’s Chernobyl’s dry store facility

Halting Holtec – A Challenge for Nuclear Safety Advocates, CounterPunch,    7 June 19 “……….The California – Chernobyl Connection

Holtec and its client Edison would have the public believe that the San Onofre ISFSI is top of the line, up to date and state-of-the-art spent fuel handling.  But that image seems to be contradicted by a recent Holtec press release and accompanying animated video that may seem to describe something like the kind of waste storage system many are advocating for at San Onofre.

On May 6, 2019, Holtec was “pleased to announce the start of final system-wide trials for Chernobyl’s dry store facility….” In the next two months, Holtec expects to complete “stem-to stern functional demonstrations of the [SF-2] spent fuel handling and storage processes before handing over the facility to Ukraine’s State owned enterprise Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant (ChNPP).”

The Holtec press release boasts, “Dismembering more than  21,000 RBMK spent fuel assemblies in a special purpose “hotcell,” packaging those fuel assemblies in double walled canisters(DWCs), and transferring them from (open) water-cooled pools into hermetically sealed rugged helium-filled storage systems inside ventilated modules will mark a huge safety milestone for Ukraine.”

Holtec is also building a project called a Central Spent Fuel Storage Facility (CSFSF) for the Ukrainian company Energoatom.  Holtec says the “CSFSF will employ double-confinement DWCs, the world’s first double-walled, double-lid multi-purpose canister system for dry storage of spent nuclear fuel.”

Many may now be asking, “Why isn’t what’s good for Ukraine, also good for California?”  But, Donna Gilmore points out that, “It’s a thin-wall canister system.  Exterior wall is 3/8″ thick.  Interior wall is 1/2″ thick.  Both welded shut.  Still must be stored in Holtec concrete cask with air vents.  Still cannot be inspected, maintained, monitored or repaired inside or out.” …………


June 8, 2019 - Posted by | safety, Ukraine, USA, wastes

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