This decision-support tool has been developed by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), as part of its Nuclear Fuels Storage and Transportation Planning Project (NFSTPP), for the purpose of evaluating routing options associated with the transportation of radioactive shipments. These shipments could include movements of commercial used nuclear fuel (UNF), DOE and Navy UNF, DOE high level waste, Greater-Than-Class C (GTCC) low-level waste, and the potential for additional low-level waste generated during processing operations.

The initial version of the routing tool is designed to focus on moving UNF and GTCC low-level waste from shutdown sites, to be relocated at a consolidated storage facility. At present, the preferred method for UNF and GTCC shipments is to use dedicated trains operating predominantly on mainline track. For most shutdown sites, access to this network will typically require the initial use of a local/regional (short line) railroad, or involve intermodal shipments where the access leg is a movement performed by heavy-haul truck and/or by barge.

DOE anticipates that its user base for this routing tool will be comprised of federal, state, tribal and local government officials; utility companies; transportation carriers; support contractors; and other interested parties. For this reason, the routing tool has been designed to enable the user to represent a wide range of operating scenarios and performance objectives, with an emphasis on providing flexibility. Additionally, it makes extensive use of geographic information systems (GIS) technology for performing spatial analysis and map creation.


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