Strong Support for the HI-STORE Consolidated Interim Storage Facility in New Mexico

We are pleased to report that the State of New Mexico has approved the land sale option allowing Holtec International to purchase 1,000 acres of land from the Eddy Lea Energy Alliance (ELEA). The land acquisition option paves the way for Holtec to build a Consolidated Interim Storage Facility (CISF) in Southeast New Mexico.

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Safety Analysis to Store the NUHOMS Canister in the HI-STORM UMAX Subterranean System, Critical to Making it a Universal Storage Facility, Completed
Solidworks™ Rendering of the Canister Handling Apparatus

Safety Analysis to Store the NUHOMS Canister in the HI-STORM UMAX Subterranean System, Critical to Making it a Universal Storage Facility, Completed

We are pleased to announce the completion of the design and safety analysis effort to enable the NUHOMS 24PT1-DSC canister to be up-righted and stored in the HI-STORM UMAX subterranean storage system in the vertical orientation. Analyses using NRC-approved simulation methods show that various safety margins either remain the same or are increased when the canister is translocated in HI-STORM UMAX. This effort was undertaken to unify the storage of all canister types in Holtec’s ultra-safe consolidated interim storage facility, known as HI-STORE, at the proposed ELEA site in New Mexico. Its successful execution opens the path to store all of the nation’s used fuel and other high level waste in a single inaccessible-to-terror configuration. Of course, this work can also be used to move a stored canister from NUHOMS to HI-STORM UMAX at an existing ISFSI for improved aging management, reduced accreted dose or security enhancement purposes. The principal ancillary needed to make the transfer from the horizontal to vertical storage is the “Canister Handling Apparatus” (perspective views shown below) designed to effectuate safe canister handling evolutions with ALARA. (more…)

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Holtec’s Underground Used Fuel Storage Patent (HI-STORM UMAX) Wins 2015 Thomas Alva Edison Award for Enhancing Public Health & Safety

Dr. Kris Singh, the inventor of Holtec’s HI-STORM UMAX, was recognized at the 36th Edison Patent Awards Ceremony and Reception held on November 12, 2015 at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, NJ.

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Holtec and Ameren Complete Major Civil Construction at Callaway Paving the Way for the Inaugural Loading Campaign of HI-STORM UMAX in Late Summer
CECs with Biological Lids Placed on Each Silo

Holtec and Ameren Complete Major Civil Construction at Callaway Paving the Way for the Inaugural Loading Campaign of HI-STORM UMAX in Late Summer

The arrival of spring in Missouri coincides with the completion of major civil work on the HI-STORM UMAX ISFSI at Ameren’s Callaway Nuclear Power Plant. The transformation from the support pad with the 48 Cavity Enclosure Containers (CECs) at the bottom of a 25 foot deep excavation in November of 2014, to the current state of completion with the ISFSI Pad, curbing and apron completed and 6 HI-STORM UMAX lids ready for installation is truly a credit to Ameren/Holtec teamwork. The heavy haul path from the Fuel Building to the ISFSI pad is also complete. (more…)

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