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THE DOE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM COST-ESTIMATING MODEL
R. R. Rawli', R. D. Michelhaughl and S. Hamp2
'Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831-6472, USA
Tel: 865-574-6461, E-mail: email@example.com
2 United States Department of Energy, National Transportation Program,
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87185 USA
The United States Department of Energy (DOE) carries out a significant amount of transportation
each year, including waste remediation activities at the sites for which it is responsible. In future
years, the amount of material transported is expected to increase, and the costs of this transportation
are expected to be large. To support the assessment of such costs, a cost-estimating model was
developed in 1996, peer-reviewed against other available packaging and transportation cost data,
and used to calculate the costs for a significant number of shipping campaigns of radioactive waste.
This cost-estimating model, known as the TEn-year Plan TRAnsportation Model (TEPTRAM),
served as the cost-estimating model for radioactive material shipments in developing the DOE
Office of Environmental Management's Ten Year Plan.
The TEPTRAM model considered costs for recovery and processing of the wastes, packaging of the
wastes for transport, carriage of the waste and a rough estimate of labor costs associated with
preparing and undertaking the shipments. At the user's direction, the model could also include the
cost for DOE's interaction with its external stakeholders (e.g., state and local governments and
tribal entities) and the cost associated with tracking and communication (e.g., use of the DOE
TRANSCOM system). By considering all of these sources of costs, it provided a mechanism for
assessing and comparing the costs of various waste processing and shipping campaign alternatives
to help guide decision-making.
Recognizing that a more user-friendly version of a cost-estimating model would be more useful to
the DOE packaging and transportation community, the National Transportation Program sponsored
an update of the TEPTRAM model. The new Transportation Cost Estimating Model
(TRANSCOST) was developed to fulfill this need. TRANSCOST utilizes a series of input and
output screens to facilitate information flow, and a number of new features were added on the basis
of features identified by the DOT transportation community as being desirable.
A large quantity of radioactive, mixed, and non-radioactive hazardous waste has accumulated at
various sites within the United States as a result of the activities of DOE and its predecessor
organizations. DOE has a mandate to undertake remediation (i.e., cleanup) of this waste. This
cleanup will entail some or all of the following activities: recovery, processing, packaging, storage,
transport, and disposal.
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