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NRC Staff Guidance for Activities Related to U.S. Department of Energy Waste Determinations - Draft Report For Interim Use (NUREG-1854)

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Manuscript Completed: August 2007
Date Published:August 2007

Prepared by:
H. Arlt, A. Bradford, N. Devaser, D. Esh, M. Fuller, A. Ridge (NRC)
B. Brient, P. LaPlante, P. Mackin, E. Pearcy, D. Turner, J. Winterle (CNWRA)

Center for Nuclear Waste Regulatory Analyses
Southwest Research Institute
6220 Culebra Road
San Antonio, TX 78238-5166

Division of Waste Management and Environmental Protection
Office of Federal and State Materials and Environmental Management Programs
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555-0001

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Abstract

This document provides U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff guidance for conducting activities related to waste determinations. Waste determinations are evaluations performed by the U.S. Department of Energy and are used to assess whether certain wastes resulting from the reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel can be considered low-level waste and managed accordingly. This guidance document applies to NRC activities that may be conducted for the Savannah River Site (SRS) in South Carolina and the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) in Idaho pursuant to the Ronald W. Reagan National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005 (NDAA), as well as the Hanford site in Washington and the West Valley site in New York. The guidance document discusses the background and history of waste determinations, the different applicable criteria and how they are applied and evaluated, the review of associated performance assessments and inadvertent intruder analyses, the removal of highly radioactive radionuclides, and NRC's monitoring activities that will be performed at SRS and INL in accordance with the NDAA.

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