DOE EXTENDS PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD RE INTERPRETATION OF HIGH-LEVEL RADIOACTIVE WASTE

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has agreed to extend the public comment period on the Department’s interpretation of the definition of the statutory term “high-level radioactive waste” (HLW) as set forth in the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 and the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982.  (See LLW Notes, September/October 2018, pp. 1, 28-31.) …

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NRC SEEKS PUBLIC COMMENT RE DEVELOPMENT OF REGULATORY BASIS FOR ALTERNATIVE MEANS OF DISPOSAL OF GTCC AND TRANSURANIC WASTE

On February 14, 2018, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) issued a Federal Register notice announcing that the agency is seeking stakeholder participation and involvement in identifying the various technical issues that should be considered in the development of a regulatory basis for the disposal of Greater-than-Class C (GTCC) and transuranic radioactive waste through means…

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COMMENT PERIOD OPENS RE GUIDANCE DOCUMENT FOR ALTERNATIVE DISPOSAL REQUESTS

On October 19, 2017, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) published a notice in the Federal Register requesting comment on the draft revision to its guidance document for alternative disposal requests entitled, “Guidance for the Reviews of Proposed Disposal Procedures and Transfers of Radioactive Material Under 10 CFR 20.2002 and 10 CFR 40.13(a).”  (See 82…

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NRC SEEKS PUBLIC RE DRAFT REGULATORY ANALYSIS FOR FINAL PART 61 RULE

Specific Cost and Benefit Information Requested On October 17, 2017, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) published a Federal Register notice requesting comment on the draft regulatory analysis, “Draft Regulatory Analysis for Final Rule: Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal,” and seeking specific cost and benefit information to better inform the updated draft regulatory analysis.  (See 82…

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WCS PLACES SPENT FUEL APPLICATION ON HOLD

By letter dated mid-April 2017, Waste Control Specialists (WCS) asked the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to temporarily suspend the agency’s review of its application to construct and operate a spent nuclear fuel Consolidated Interim Storage Facility (CISF) in Andrews County, Texas. WSC “is faced with a magnitude of financial burdens that currently make pursuit…

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