WIPP Case Study - Compliance Monitoring, Passive Institutional Controls, and Record Keeping

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The WIPP Case Study describes the compliance monitoring program, record keeping requirements, and passive institutional controls that are used to help ensure the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) will safety contain radioactive waste and indicate dangers and location of the wastes. The radioactive components in the waste are regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) while the hazardous components in the waste are regulated by the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED). This paper addresses monitoring relating to radionuclide containment performance, passive institutional controls, and record keeping over a 10,000-year time frame. Monitoring relating to the hazardous components and the ... continued below

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Wagner, Stephen W.; Beauheim, Richard L.; Pfeifle, Tom W.; Bethel, Amy; Sosa-Yates, Grace Ann; Williams, Cecelia V. et al. July 1, 2002.

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    Place of Publication: Albuquerque, New Mexico

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The WIPP Case Study describes the compliance monitoring program, record keeping requirements, and passive institutional controls that are used to help ensure the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) will safety contain radioactive waste and indicate dangers and location of the wastes. The radioactive components in the waste are regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) while the hazardous components in the waste are regulated by the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED). This paper addresses monitoring relating to radionuclide containment performance, passive institutional controls, and record keeping over a 10,000-year time frame. Monitoring relating to the hazardous components and the associated regulator are not addressed in this paper. The WIPP containment performance is mandated by release limits set by regulation. Regulations also require the radioactive waste containment performance of the WIPP to be predicted by a ''Performance Assessment.'' The EPA did not base the acceptance of the WIPP solely on predicted containment but included additional assurance measures. One such assurance measure is monitoring, which may be defined as the on-going measurement of conditions in and around the repository. This case study describes the evolution of the WIPP monitoring program as the WIPP project progressed through the planning, site characterization, regulatory promulgation, and eventual operational stages that spanned a period of over 25 years. Included are discussions of the regulatory requirements for monitoring, selection of monitoring parameters, trigger values used to identify unexpected conditions, assessment of monitoring data against the trigger values, and plans for post-closure monitoring. The United EPA established the requirements for Passive Institutional Controls (PICs) for disposal sites. The requirements state the a disposal site must be designated by the most permanent markers, records, and other passive institutional controls practicable to indicate the dangers of the wastes and their location. The PIC Task Force assessed the effectiveness of PICs in deterring inadvertent human intrusion and developed a conceptual design for permanently marking the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), establishing records, and identifying other practicable controls to indicate the dangers of the wastes and their location. The marking system should provide information regarding the location, design, contents, and hazards associated with WIPP. This paper discuss these controls including markers, records, archives, and government ownership and land-use restrictions.

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  • Report No.: SAND2002-2010
  • Grant Number: AC04-94AL85000
  • DOI: 10.2172/801375 | External Link
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  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc739011

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Wagner, Stephen W.; Beauheim, Richard L.; Pfeifle, Tom W.; Bethel, Amy; Sosa-Yates, Grace Ann; Williams, Cecelia V. et al. WIPP Case Study - Compliance Monitoring, Passive Institutional Controls, and Record Keeping, report, July 1, 2002; Albuquerque, New Mexico. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc739011/: accessed October 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.