The disposal of orphan wastes using the greater confinement disposal concept

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In the United States, radioactive wastes are conventionally classified as high-level wastes, transuranic wastes, or low-level wastes. Each of these types of wastes, by law, has a ``home`` for their final disposal; i.e., high-level wastes are destined for disposal at the proposed repository at Yucca Mountain, transuranic waste for the proposed Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, and low-level waste for shallow-land disposal sites. However, there are some radioactive wastes within the United States Department of Energy (DOE) complex that do not meet the criteria established for disposal of either high-level waste, transuranic waste, or low-level waste. The former are called ``special-case`` ... continued below

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Bonano, E.J.; Chu, M.S.Y.; Price, L.L.; Conrad, S.H. & Dickman, P.T. February 1, 1991.

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    Publisher Info: Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (United States)
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In the United States, radioactive wastes are conventionally classified as high-level wastes, transuranic wastes, or low-level wastes. Each of these types of wastes, by law, has a ``home`` for their final disposal; i.e., high-level wastes are destined for disposal at the proposed repository at Yucca Mountain, transuranic waste for the proposed Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, and low-level waste for shallow-land disposal sites. However, there are some radioactive wastes within the United States Department of Energy (DOE) complex that do not meet the criteria established for disposal of either high-level waste, transuranic waste, or low-level waste. The former are called ``special-case`` or ``orphan`` wastes. This paper describes an ongoing project sponsored by the DOE`s Nevada Operations Office for the disposal of orphan wastes at the Radioactive Waste Management Site at Area 5 of the Nevada Test Site using the greater confinement disposal (GCD) concept. The objectives of the GCD project are to evaluate the safety of the site for disposal of orphan wastes by assessing compliance with pertinent regulations through performance assessment, and to examine the feasibility of this disposal concept as a cost-effective, safe alternative for management of orphan wastes within the DOE complex. Decisions on the use of GCD or other alternate disposal concepts for orphan wastes can be expected to be addressed in a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement being prepared by DOE. The ultimate decision to use GCD will require a Record of Decision through the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process. 20 refs., 3 figs., 2 tabs.

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  • Waste management `91, Tucson, AZ (United States), 24 Feb - 1 Mar 1991

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  • Other: DE91007516
  • Report No.: SAND--90-2322C
  • Report No.: CONF-910270--5
  • Grant Number: AC04-76DP00789
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 137973
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc620198

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Bonano, E.J.; Chu, M.S.Y.; Price, L.L.; Conrad, S.H. & Dickman, P.T. The disposal of orphan wastes using the greater confinement disposal concept, article, February 1, 1991; Albuquerque, New Mexico. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc620198/: accessed September 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.