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This document deals with the handling of sodium waste resulting from the decommissioning of fast breeder reactors (FBR). The sodium is considered as a material that must be managed. Therefore the quantities of sodium from FBRs after shutdown have been evaluated and compared with that required for new plants. If FBR programmes are maintained worldwide, demand will exceed supply as early as 2020. However if the FBR programmes should be discontinued, the disposal option must be considered now. The sodium pollution rate can be monitored and measured, and can be reduced to acceptable levels by the use of traps or filters. Processes which transform sodium to more stable products are available, in particular the NOAH process which converts it into aqueous soda. This process has been developed to the industrial stage. Finally the various management solutions are analysed in terms of cost and feasibility, and possible scenarios are outlined.

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Authors: LATGE C, CEA, CEN Cadarache, Saint-Paul-lez-Durance (FR);HANEBECK M, Siemens;DE SEROUX N, Framatome
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 15881 FR (1995) 52 pp., FS, ECU 8.50
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ISBN: ISBN 92-827-0089-5
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