High-level waste program integration within the DOE complex

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Eleven major Department of Energy (DOE) site contractors were chartered by the Assistant Secretary to use a systems engineering approach to develop and evaluate technically defensible cost savings opportunities across the complex. Known as the complex-wide Environmental Management Integration (EMI), this process evaluated all the major DOE waste streams including high level waste (HLW). Across the DOE complex, this waste stream has the highest life cycle cost and is scheduled to take until at least 2035 before all HLW is processed for disposal. Technical contract experts from the four DOE sites that manage high level waste participated in the integration ... continued below

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Valentine, J.H.; Davis, N.R.; Malone, K. & Schaus, P.S. March 1, 1998.

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  • Valentine, J.H. Lockheed Martin Idaho Technologies Co., Idaho Falls, ID (United States). Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Lab.
  • Davis, N.R. Savannah River Site, Aiken, SC (United States)
  • Malone, K. West Valley Demonstration Project, NY (United States)
  • Schaus, P.S. Hanford, Richland, WA (United States)

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Eleven major Department of Energy (DOE) site contractors were chartered by the Assistant Secretary to use a systems engineering approach to develop and evaluate technically defensible cost savings opportunities across the complex. Known as the complex-wide Environmental Management Integration (EMI), this process evaluated all the major DOE waste streams including high level waste (HLW). Across the DOE complex, this waste stream has the highest life cycle cost and is scheduled to take until at least 2035 before all HLW is processed for disposal. Technical contract experts from the four DOE sites that manage high level waste participated in the integration analysis: Hanford, Savannah River Site (SRS), Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory (INEEL), and West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP). In addition, subject matter experts from the Yucca Mountain Project and the Tanks Focus Area participated in the analysis. Also, departmental representatives from the US Department of Energy Headquarters (DOE-HQ) monitored the analysis and results. Workouts were held throughout the year to develop recommendations to achieve a complex-wide integrated program. From this effort, the HLW Environmental Management (EM) Team identified a set of programmatic and technical opportunities that could result in potential cost savings and avoidance in excess of $18 billion and an accelerated completion of the HLW mission by seven years. The cost savings, schedule improvements, and volume reduction are attributed to a multifaceted HLW treatment disposal strategy which involves waste pretreatment, standardized waste matrices, risk-based retrieval, early development and deployment of a shipping system for glass canisters, and reasonable, low cost tank closure.

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INIS; OSTI as DE98052245

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  • Waste management `98, Tucson, AZ (United States), 1-5 Mar 1998

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  • Other: DE98052245
  • Report No.: INEEL/CON--97-00898
  • Report No.: CONF-980307--
  • Grant Number: AC07-94ID13223
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 653955
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc707096

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Valentine, J.H.; Davis, N.R.; Malone, K. & Schaus, P.S. High-level waste program integration within the DOE complex, article, March 1, 1998; Idaho Falls, Idaho. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc707096/: accessed December 14, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.