Storage Cask (Packaging) Certification

The DOE Packaging Certification Program (PCP) can certify packagings or casks used for onsite radioactive material storage.  PCP Certification has several benefits for sites.
  1. PCP will perform an independent review of the storage package or cask, using the existing staff of experienced, full-time, package safety reviewers.

  2. Package approval liability shifts from the Site Manager to the Headquarters Certifying Official.

  3. Storage packages and casks are independently reviewed by PCP to the criteria and standards.
First, if a packaging was previously certified for transportation in accordance with 10 CFR 71 by DOE or NRC, then PCP will perform an expedited simple review, based on the transportation certification, and issue a storage only certificate.  This type of review is more suited for packagings that are only used for radioactive material storage incident to transportation or temporary storage.

Second, for a new storage cask, PCP will conduct a thorough review in accordance with 10 CFR Part 72.  Protocol for compliance with this review can be found on Storage Cask Certification Program Protocols and Processes.  This type of review is more suited for casks that are only used for radioactive material storage for intermediate or long-term storage.
  • Storage Cask Certification Program Protocols and Processes (draft)

  • Storage Regulations & Guidance
    10 CFR Part 72: External Link   Licensing Requirements for The Independent Storage of Spent Nuclear Fuel, High-Level Radioactive Waste, and Reactor-Related Greater Than Class C Waste 

    SFST-ISG-1, Revision 2:    Damaged Fuel

    SFST-ISG-2, Revision 1:    Fuel Retrievability

    SFST-ISG-3:    Post Accident Recovery and Compliance with 10 CFR 72.122(l)

    SFST-ISG-5, Revision 1:    Confinement Evaluation

    SFST-ISG-8, Revision 3:    Burnup Credit in the Criticality Safety Analyses of PWR Spent Fuel in Transport and Storage Casks

    SFST-ISG-9, Revision 1:    Storage of Components Associated with Fuel Assemblies

    SFST-ISG-10, Revision 1:    Alternatives to the ASME Code

    SFST-ISG-11, Revision 3:    Cladding Considerations for the Transportation and Storage of Spent Fuel

    SFST-ISG-13:    Real Individual

    SFST-ISG-14:    Supplemental Shielding

    SFST-ISG-15:    Materials Evaluation

    SFST-ISG-16:    Emergency Planning

    SFST-ISG-17:    Interim Storage of Greater Than Class C Waste

    SFST-ISG-18, Revision 1:    The Design and Testing of Lid Welds on Austenitic Stainless Steel Canisters as the Confinement Boundary for Spent Fuel Storage

    SFST-ISG-21:    Use of Computational Modeling Software

    SFST-ISG-22:    Potential Rod Splitting Due to Exposure to an Oxidizing Atmosphere During Short-Term Cask Loading Operations in LWR or Other Uranium Oxide Based Fuel

    SFST-ISG-23:    Application of ASTM Standard Practice C1671-07 when performing technical reviews of spent fuel storage and transportation packaging licensing actions

    NUREG-1536:   Standard Review Plan for Spent Fuel Dry Storage Systems at a General License Facility

    NUREG-1927:   Standard Review Plan for Renewal of Spent Fuel Dry Cask Storage System Licenses and Certificates of Compliance

    NUREG/CR-6407:   Classification of Transportation Packaging and Dry Spent Fuel Storage System Components According to Importance to Safety
  • PCP Cask Flowchart 

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