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The Multipurpose Canister Program in Retrospect: Perspective and Issues

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The multipurpose canister (MPC) program represented a major U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) initiative to simplify the management of spent nuclear fuel by enclosing it in a canister acceptable for storage, transport, and disposal. The program was one example of successful interaction between utilities and the DOE. This report documents the history and lessons learned from this substantial effort.