TPBARTritium-Producing Burnable Absorber Rod
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To produce tritium, stainless steel rods containing lithium aluminate and zirconium --called tritium-producing burnable absorber rods (TPBAR)--are irradiated in the Tennessee Valley Authority's (TVA) Watts Bar 1 commercial nuclear power reactor.
Recommendation: To increase confidence in the nation's continued ability to produce a reliable supply of tritium in the future and to improve the management of NNSA's Tritium Readiness Program, the Secretary of Energy should direct the Administrator of NNSA, in cooperation with TVA and NRC, to develop a comprehensive plan to manage releases of tritium from TVA's Watts Bar 1 and any other reactors chosen to irradiate TPBARs in the future.