NRC SEEKS PUBLIC COMMENT ON DRAFT REGULATORY BASIS FOR GREATER-THAN-CLASS C WASTE DISPOSAL

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is seeking public comment on a draftregulatory basis for potential new regulations governing thenear-surface disposal of certain low-level radioactive waste. The NRC classifies low-level radioactive waste based on its potentialhazards and has specified disposal and waste requirements for threeclasses of waste with progressively higher concentrations of radioactivematerial. Class A is the…

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DOE PUBLISHES INTERPRETATION ON HIGH-LEVEL RADIOACTIVE WASTE

On June 5, 2019, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) sent a supplemental notice to the Federal Register that provides the public with its interpretation of high-level radioactive waste, informed by more than 5,000 public comments. For decades, DOE has managed nearly all reprocessing waste streams as high-level radioactive waste regardless of radioactivity.  According to…

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TEXAS GOVERNOR VETOES SB 1804 DUE TO UNRELATED AMENDMENT SEEKING TO DELAY INCREASE IN FACILITY SURCHARGES AND FEES PAID BY WCS

On June 5, 2019, Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) vetoed a widely supported domestic violence bill due to the inclusion of a late amendment related to radioactive waste disposal. Abbott called the measure, Senate Bill (SB) 1804, a “laudable effort” that lost his support when “someone slipped in an ill-considered giveaway to a radioactive waste disposal facility.”…

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DOE ASSISTANT SECRETARY ANNE WHITE RESIGNS

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Mark Gilbertson Reassigned According to local news reports, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management (EM) Anne White has submitted her resignation.  White’s resignation, which is reportedly detailed in a department announcement signed off with the names of Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and the Deputy Secretary of…

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NCRP ISSUES REPORT RE RADIATION SAFETY OF SEALED RADIOACTIVE SOURCES

On April 25, 2019, the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP) announced the release of NCRP Report No. 182 titled, Radiation Safety of Sealed Radioactive Sources. NCRP Report No. 182 is intended to serve as “cradle to grave” guidance for sealed radioactive sources. Interested stakeholders may purchase NCRP Report No. 182 at https://ncrponline.org/shop/reports/report-no-182-radiation-safety-of-sealed-radioactive-sources-2019/….

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