Nuclear Storage Facility Conflict

Rating: 3.5 of 5. 2 vote(s).

Special tubes hold and protect waste nuclear fuel canisters at the Hanford Reservation in Richland, Washington. The canisters are placed inside tubes in the Storage Facility. The tubes and the storage facility were designed according to Nuclear Regulatory Commission standards (Code VIII of the ASME Regulations). Material already on order for the facility and tubes exceeds $4 million. Also, a fabrication shop suitable for Code VIII is under contract. As Congress phases in new regulations, the Department of Energy could soon have jurisdiction over this storage facility. The preliminary DOE review of this facility indicates they want Code III of the ASME Regulations to apply. Code III is more stringent and applies to the commercial nuclear industry. The materials on order cannot be used to meet Code III requirements. Neither can the contracted fabrication shop meet Code III requirements. Project manager finds himself in the hard and rock situation. There is no 'Code V' that would be half way between III and VIII.

D: design storage facility according to ASME Code VIII
D': design storage facility according to ASME Code III
B: 'ensure construction meets contractual agreement i.e., on schedule and within cost'
C: 'ensure construction meets upgraded design standards i.e., within revised scope'
A: 'have a storage facility that exceeds expectations'
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In order to 'have a storage facility that exceeds expectations' I must 'ensure construction meets contractual agreement i.e., on schedule and within cost' and in order to 'ensure construction meets contractual agreement i.e., on schedule and within cost' I must design storage facility according to ASME Code VIII. But, in order to 'have a storage facility that exceeds expectations' I must also 'ensure construction meets upgraded design standards i.e., within revised scope' and in order to 'ensure construction meets upgraded design standards i.e., within revised scope' I must design storage facility according to ASME Code III. I can't both design storage facility according to ASME Code VIII and design storage facility according to ASME Code III.
RelationAssumption(s)Injection(s)
D-D'Removing a part of the scaffolding early will cause the structure to fallSome areas of the building are upgraded to Code III and the rest remains at Code VIII
B-DCode VIII is considered safe. There may be no future safety analysis requiredWe irrefutably demonstrate Code VIII actually protects better than Code III in this building
C-D'DOE will require conversion of newer buildings when they are in charge ($$$$$)We know there are credible hazard scenarios in this building not covered by Code VIII
A-BConstruction must be completed within cost and on scheduleCost over-run is covered by changes in later budget items
A-CThe duration of the nuclear material transfer project is 30 plus yearsWe find a way to shorten the nuclear material transfer project to less than 10 years