HELMS Proposal

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Overview

HELMS MEANS
  • Hardened - Robust facilities that will resist simple surface attacks.
  • Extended-life - double-wall design of canisters to provide easy detection of cracks using pressure loss detection and sacrificial outer cask to resist corrosion.
  • Local - Move waste from precious water resources but not all the way across the country, to probably a dozen regional consolidated sites.
  • Monitored - Standard 7/24 electronic monitoring of critical parameters: temperature, radiation flux, airflow, etc.
  • Surface - Forget the deep geologic repository for probably the next 200 years so this waste can cool off.

Regarding nuclear waste, we view the likely near-term solution to be storage on or near the surface, in containers that can be easily and passively cooled, and which can be configured for long-term storage of up to 1000 years without any need to move the containers from that location, and which can be protected so as to be immune from terrorist attack.

At this point, we are seeking members of the public, researchers from academia, etc. to step forward to form a team which will determine design goals and accept various design ideas. The overall paradigm of the project in a particular vision of the future will be established on this topic page as it is enhanced. This is an active project which will be enhanced as new facts come to light, new ideas are put forward, and as the team performs its work.

Initial Design Goals

The following list of design goals is put forward for discussion purposes.

  • Designed to be compatible with existing canister designs, such as the Areva NUHOMS canisters or Holtec MPC-37 canisters, and also should be compatible with any other popular canister designs that are deployed.
  • Design life of 1000 years.
  • Dual wall containers, or sealed canisters that are encapsulate in another sealed canister.
  • Monitoring.
  • Retreivable
  • Hardening against terrorist attacks and bomb blasts
  • Graceful failure modes
  • Failure alert mechanisms, such as odors or visual indications.

Map of all the spent fuel storage

  • The official map of all the spent fuel storage is at this link: https://www.nrc.gov/docs/ML1723/ML17233A125.pdf (Updated August 2017)
    • The Colors: Purple means the ISFSI (independent spent fuel storage installation) is not within the isolation area of the plant, or is constructed separately. Some were licensed but have no fuel in them yet. The green ones are right next to a power plant. Interestingly, Diablo Canyon constructed their ISFSI up the hill quite a ways from the plant and pretty far from the water, relatively speaking, so it is purple.

Community Draft

A community Draft of this proposal has been prepared for review and comment. Please provide comments directly to raylutz@citizensoversight.org
  • This version was distributed to the San Onofre Community Engagement Panel (CEP) at the Nov 2, 2017 Meeting.
  • Version 8 of the Community Draft, updated for 11/15 conference call
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Press Conference Prior to San Onofre Community Engagement Panel Meeting on Nov 2, 2017

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Discussion List

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Sign the Petition: Helms Petition

Please sign the Helms Petition to support the Helms Proposal and to stop the use of thin, single-layer canisters for storing nuclear waste. Have we not learned anything from the Exxon-Valdez disaster?

Project Form edit

Project Name HELMS Proposal
Project Description Proposal realistic plan for safer nuclear waste storage on the surface using extended-life over casks.
Project Founder Ray Lutz
Project Curator Ray Lutz
Project Type Issue Oversight
Project Parents Helms Proposal, Nuclear Waste
Related Keywords Energy Policy, Nuclear Energy, Shutdown Diablo, Shut San Onofre, Stop Nuke Dump
Project Status Active
Publish Status Published
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Forum Link https://www.facebook.com/citizensoversight/videos/1525583517536327/
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HELLMSS_document_V5.pdfpdf HELLMSS_document_V5.pdf manage 811.3 K 2017-11-06 - 17:57 Raymond Lutz HELLMSS-MELO Community Draft (Nov 2, 2017)
HELMS_document_V8.pdfpdf HELMS_document_V8.pdf manage 1545.1 K 2017-11-15 - 15:26 Raymond Lutz Community Draft V8 for 11/15 conference call
HELMS_document_V9.pdfpdf HELMS_document_V9.pdf manage 1557.5 K 2017-11-15 - 17:43 Raymond Lutz Community Draft V9 for 11/15 conference call
Maine_Yankee_Failed_Canister_Overpack_IMG_0299_rev.jpgjpg Maine_Yankee_Failed_Canister_Overpack_IMG_0299_rev.jpg manage 248.4 K 2017-11-08 - 15:13 Raymond Lutz Additional overpack used to enclose a failed canister (at Maine Yankee)
Topic revision: r11 - 2017-11-18, RaymondLutz
 

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