The Office of Environmental Management (EM) facilitates implementation of safe, cost-effective interim and long-term storage, processing and disposition of DOE’s surplus nuclear materials. Some of the surplus plutonium currently stored at Savannah River Site is being downblended and packaged for shipment to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad, N.M., in accordance with the April 2016 Record of Decision.
DOE 3013 containers (a nested package of three containers) are used to store surplus plutonium material. Prior to being packaged at various sites across the EM complex, the plutonium is stabilized in accordance with established standards for 50 year safe storage. In accordance with the 3013 surveillance program, nondestructive and destructive examinations of representative 3013 containers are performed to assure the integrity of the containers and their contents.