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Pipe overpack container for trasuranic waste storage and shipment

United States Patent

5,998,800
December 7, 1999
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A Pipe Overpack Container for transuranic waste storage and shipment. The system consists of a vented pipe component which is positioned in a vented, insulated 55 gallon steel drum. Both the vented pipe component and the insulated drum are capable of being secured to prevent the contents from leaving the vessel. The vented pipe component is constructed of 1/4 inch stainless steel to provide radiation shielding. Thus, allowing shipment having high Americium-241 content. Several Pipe Overpack Containers are then positioned in a type B, Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) approved, container. In the current embodiment, a TRUPACT-II container was employed and a maximum of fourteen Pipe Overpack Containers were placed in the TRUPACT-II. The combination received NRC approval for the shipment and storage of transuranic waste.
Geinitz; Richard R. (Arvada, CO), Thorp; Donald T. (Broomfield, CO), Rivera; Michael A. (Boulder, CO)
The United States of America as represented by the United States (Washington, DC)
09/ 023,010
February 12, 1998
CONTRACTUAL ORIGIN OF THE INVENTION The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-AC34-95RF00825 between the U.S. Department of Energy and Kaiser Hill Company LLC.