Study of Applying the Atmospheric Release Advisory Capability to Nuclear Power Plants [open pdf - 1MB]
From the thesis project proposal: "Each utility licensee for a nuclear power reactor is required to minimize the adverse effects from an accidental radionuclide release into the atmosphere. In the past the ability to forecast quantitatively the extent of the hazard from such a release has been limited. Now powerful atmospheric modeling techniques are available to assist nuclear reactor site officials with greatly improved assessments. [...] The purpose of this project is to examine the ways and means of adapting ARAC [Atmospheric Release Advisory Capability] for application to many nuclear power reactors widely dispersed across the nation. The project will emphasise the management aspects, including government-industry relationships, technology transfer, organizational structure, staffing, implementing procedures and costs. Benefits and costs for several alternative systems will be compared. The following questions will be addressed: 1. Can ARAC technology developed at LLL [Lawrence Livermore Laboratory] be successfully transferred for broad application to the nuclear power industry? 2. Who should operate the ARAC central facility? ?. 3. What organization and staffing is needed for a fully operating central facility? 4. What is required to establish ARAC at a utility site? 5. What are the costs and benefits associated with the several ARAC options to service a large number of nuclear power plants?"
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