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Pyrometallurgical Processing Research Programme �PYROREP�, Final technical report, Project funded by the European Community under the �5th Framework� Programme (1998-2002)

Funded under: FP5

Abstract

The operation of nuclear fission reactors gives rise to long-lived radionuclides, which may be considered a potential risk born by future generations that must be minimized. To achieve this goal, these radionuclides can be transmuted by neutron irradiation in fast burner reactors or in dedicated reactors such as accelerator-driven systems (ADS). The spent fuel and/or targets from these reactors could be processed by pyrochemical methods.
Another possibility would be to immobilize the separated radionuclides in specific high durability matrixes before geological disposal. PYROREP is a R & D program aiming to:
- Determine the practicalities of separating uranium, plutonium and minor actinides from FP using pyrochemistry in a molten chloride or fluoride system.
- Obtain basic data to allow conceptual design and assessment of reprocessing processes suitable for fuels and targets
- Consolidate and revive European expertise in pyroprocessing

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Record Number: 3992 / Last updated on: 2004-04-02
Category: PROJ
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