NWTRB to hold public meeting on DOE waste management, consent-based siting

January 24, 2022, 7:01AMRadwaste Solutions

The Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board, an independent federal agency established by Congress to conduct ongoing technical and scientific evaluation of the Department of Energy’s efforts to manage and dispose of spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste, will hold virtual public meetings on March 1 and March 2, to review recent DOE activities.

Specifically, the meetings will cover research and development on spent fuel and HLW storage, transportation, non-site-specific disposal, the DOE’s integrated waste management system, and its consent-based siting process to identify federal interim storage facilities.

Details for joining and viewing the meetings, along with detailed agendas, will be available on the NWTRB’s website beforehand. The meetings will begin on both days at 12:00 p.m. EST and are scheduled to adjourn at approximately 5:00 p.m. EST.

The agendas: On the meeting’s first day, the DOE's Office of Nuclear Energy will provide an update on the department’s dual-purpose canister (DPC) disposal R&D. Speakers representing the national laboratories conducting the DPC work for the DOE will report on a repository-scale performance assessment incorporating post-closure criticality and cladding degradation modeling development. A DOE-NE representative will provide a summary and status of storage and transportation R&D and a speaker from the national labs will describe investigations into spent fuel storage canister surface environments and the potential for corrosion.

On the second day, an experiment simulating aerosol transmission through a crack in a spent fuel canister wall will be described by a speaker from the national labs. From the integrated waste management system R&D program, speakers from the labs will describe the Hanford Lead Canister project and the updated waste management system analysis tool requirements and enhancements. A speaker from DOE-NE will present the current functions and capabilities of the DOE’s Stakeholder Tool for Assessing Radioactive Transportation (START). The final speaker, from DOE-NE, will provide an update on consent-based siting.

Comments: The meetings will be open to the public and there will be opportunities for public comments, which can be submitted during the meetings via the online meeting viewing platform, using the “Comment for the Record” form. Comments submitted during each day will be read into the record by board staff during the public comment period just prior to adjournment. A time limit on comments may be set, but written comments of any length may be submitted to the board staff by mail or electronic mail.

All comments received in writing will be included in the meeting record, which will be posted on the NWTRB website afterward. An archived recording of the meetings will be available on the NWTRB website afterward, and a transcript of the meetings will be available on the website by May 3, 2022.

For information on the meetings' agendas, contact Bret Leslie at leslie@nwtrb.gov or by phone (703) 235-9132; or Hundal Jung at jung@nwtrb.gov or by phone (703) 235-9135. For information on logistics, or to request copies of the meetings' agendas or transcripts, contact Davonya Barnes at barnes@nwtrb.gov or by phone (703) 235-9141. All three may be reached by mail at 2300 Clarendon Boulevard, Suite 1300, Arlington, VA 22201-3367; or by fax at (703) 235-4495.

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