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Viability of Existing INL Facilities for Dry Storage Cask Handling R1

While dry storage technologies are some of the safest in the world, the U.S. Department of Energy is planning a confirmatory dry storage project for high burnup fuel. This report evaluates existing capabilities at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) to determine if a practical and cost effective method could be developed for handling and opening full-sized dry storage casks. Existing facilities at the Idaho Nuclear Technology and Engineering Center provide the infrastructure to support handling and examining of casks and their contents. Based on a reasonable set of assumptions, it is possible to receive, open, inspect, remove samples, close, and reseal large, bolted-lid, dry storage casks at INL. The report discusses how the casks would be handled, what work needs to be done to ready the facilities/capabilities, and what the work will cost.