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The main objective of the work carried out at Centre, d'étude sur l'Evalution de la Protection dans le domaine Nucléaire (CEPN) was to develop an impact pathway methodology for the nuclear fuel cycle that would be consistent with the methodologies developed for the other fuel cycles, without loosing the nuclear-specific techniques required for a proper evaluation. In this way, comparisons between the different fuel cycles would be possible. This report presents the methodology and demonstration of the results in the context of the French nuclear fuel cycle. The French fuel cycle was broken down into 8 separate stages: mining and milling, conversion enrichment, fuel fabrication, electricity generation, reprocessing, low and intermediate level, waste disposal, high level waste disposal. Reference sites and 1990's technology were chosen to represent the total nuclear fuel cycle, as it exists today. In addition, the transportation of material between the sites was considered. The facilities are assessed for routine operation, except in cases of electricity generation and transportation, where accidental situations are evaluated. The impacts of construction and decommissioning of a facility are included in the electricity generation stage.

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Authors: DREICER M, CEPN, Fontenay-aux-Roses (FR);TORT V, CEPN, Fontenay-aux-Roses (FR);MANEN P, CEPN, Fontenay-aux-Roses (FR)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 16524 EN (1995) 340pp., FS, free of charge
Availability: Available from the European Commission, Mrs Brach, DG XII-F-2, 200 rue de la Loi, B-1049 Bruxelles (BE)
ISBN: ISBN 92-827-5214-3
Record Number: 199610217 / Last updated on: 1996-03-18
Original language: en
Available languages: en