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The purpose of this paper is to examine the problems associated with the safeguarding of the large plutonium stores in the commercially operating plutonium handling plants that are presently under construction or have been recently commissioned. A generic Pu store design is described which takes into account typical features of importance to safeguards. The different safeguards measures used or to be used in the near future in such stores are reviewed. Different store designs are characterised according to a number of parameters, including storage location design, handling machines and routines, and access routes for personnel. Each safeguards measure is presented and evaluated. Particular emphasis is placed on the role of "interlocking" safeguards measures which require the avoidance of unnecessary reverification through a judicious selection of complementary techniques and instruments.

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Authors: CHARE P, CEC Luxembourg (LU);SCHENKEL R, CEC Luxembourg (LU);SMITH B G R, CEC Luxembourg (LU);KAISER S, CEC Luxembourg (LU);SAGLINI J-C, CEC Luxembourg (LU)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: 13th ESARDA Symposium, Avignon (FR), May 14-16, 1991
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 36296 ORA
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