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  Release Date: October 1, 2004
  Next Release: December 2007  



Table 3. Annual Spent Fuel Discharges and Burnup, 1968 - 2002
Year    Number of Assemblies a Initial Uranium Content (Metric Tonnes of Uranium) Average Burnup (GWDt/ MTU)
All Discharged Assemblies
BWR PWR HTGR Total BWR PWR HTGR Total BWR PWR HTGR
1968 5 0 0 5 0.6     0.6 1.7    
1969 97 0 0 97 9.9     9.9 16.6    
1970 29 99 0 128 5.6 39.0   44.6 0.3 18.4  
1971 413 113 0 526 64.7 44.5   109.2 8.3 23.8  
1972 801 282 0 1,083 145.8 99.9   245.7 7.1 22.1  
1973 564 165 0 729 93.5 67.1   160.6 13.2 24.2  
1974 1,290 575 0 1,865 241.6 207.7   449.3 13.1 18.4  
1975 1,223 797 0 2,020 225.9 321.7   547.6 17.1 18.2  
1976 1,666 931 0 2,597 298.1 401.0   699.1 13.6 22.4  
1977 2,047 1,107 0 3,154 383.2 467.0   850.2 17.0 25.2  
1978 2,239 1,665 0 3,904 383.7 698.6   1,082.3 19.8 26.4  
1979 2,131 1,642 246 4,019 399.9 712.0 3.0 1,114.9 22.5 27.2 8.8
1980 3,330 1,457 0 4,787 619.8 618.5   1,238.3 22.5 29.8  
1981 2,467 1,590 240 4,297 458.7 677.8 2.9 1,139.4 24.0 30.3 18.3
1982 1,951 1,491 0 3,442 357.2 640.5   997.7 24.9 29.9  
1983 2,649 1,779 0 4,428 482.2 772.2   1,254.4 27.1 30.2  
1984 2,735 1,933 240 4,908 497.9 839.4 2.7 1,340.0 25.9 29.5 33.2
1985 2,989 2,032 0 5,021 542.8 859.4   1,402.2 23.6 32.0  
1986 2,552 2,254 0 4,806 458.3 978.9   1,437.2 21.4 30.7  
1987 3,316 2,567 0 5,883 596.9 1,097.0   1,693.9 22.6 31.6  
1988 2,956 2,574 0 5,530 535.5 1,093.1   1,628.6 24.6 33.7  
1989 3,803 2,721 1,482 8,006 692.6 1,185.0 15.6 1,893.2 22.6 32.7 38.2
1990 3,487 3,435 0 6,922 632.8 1,481.2   2,114.0 25.2 34.6  
1991 3,191 2,803 0 5,994 576.0 1,218.3   1,794.3 28.4 35.4  
1992 3,932 3,588 0 7,520 713.5 1,547.0   2,260.5 29.2 36.8  
1993 3,759 3,400 0 7,159 677.6 1,477.0   2,154.6 30.6 39.2  
1994 3,777 2,747 0 6,524 676.0 1,176.6   1,852.6 33.4 40.3  
1995 4,425 3,741 0 8,166 787.2 1,629.9   2,417.1 33.1 40.9  
1996 4,690 3,536 0 8,226 832.6 1,514.6   2,347.2 35.4 39.1  
1997 3,849 3,414 0 7,263 673.8 1,510.3   2,184.1 35.8 40.3  
1998 3,867 2,166 0 6,033 674.0 934.8   1,608.8 36.4 44.0  
1999 4,586 3,637   8,223 798.1 1,593.4   2,391.5 35.8 44.1  
2000 4,361 3,177   7,538 758.6 1,393.5   2,152.1 38.2 44.8  
2001 3,904 3,019   6,923 673.4 1,327.1   2,000.5 39.5 45.0  
2002 4,274 3,854   8,128 739.6 1,667.6   2,407.2 40.0 45.7  
Total 93,355 70,291 2,208 165,854 16,707.6 30,291.6 24.2 47,023.4 28.6 36.3 32.2
   a Some data for earlier years have been revised. When utilities reinsert assemblies which had been listed as permanently discharged in previous years, the historical totals change.
    BWR = Boiling-water reactor; PWR = Pressurized-water reactor; HTGR = High-temperature gas cooled reactor.
   GWDt/MTU = Gigawattdays thermal per metric tonne of uranium.
   Note: Totals may not equal sum of components because of independent rounding.
   Source: Energy Information Administration, Form RW-859, "Nuclear Fuel Data" (2002).


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