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A Hot test on minor actinides / lanthanides separation from HLLW using an R-BTP extraction resin

Wei, Y.*; Hoshi, Harutaka; Kumagai, Mikio*

To separate the long-lived minor actinides (MA=Am, Cm) from high level liquid waste, we have been studying an advanced separation process by extraction chromatography. The process consists of two separation columns packed with CMPO (octyl(phenyl)-N,N-diisobutylcarbamoyl-methyl phosphine oxide) extraction resin for elemental group separation and a soft-donor named R-BTP (2,6-bis-(5,6-dialkyl-1,2,4-triazine-3-yl)pyridine) extraction resin for the isolation of MA from lanthanides (Ln), respectively. In this work, a hot test for the separation of MA from MA containing effluent from the irradiated MOX-fuel treatment process was carried out using a column packed with R-BTP extraction resin. It was found that a complete separation between MA and Ln was achieved. In addition, small amounts of U and Pu remained in the MA-Ln effluent could be effectively recovered together with the MA. The test results indicate that the proposed MA separation process is essentially feasible.

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