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Disposal Process for Waste Incidental to Reprocessing

For all of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) WIR consultations with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), the NRC serves in an advisory capacity and its advice does not constitute regulatory approval. For more information about NRC WIR responsibilities, see the Responsibilities for Waste Incidental to Reprocessing page. For more information about the locations of WIR disposal facilities in the United States, see the following: Locations of Disposal Facilities for WIR.

Sites Under Section 3116 of the Ronald W. Reagan National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005:

In October 2004, Congress enacted the Ronald W. Reagan National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005 (NDAA). For the DOE sites located in NDAA Section 3116 Covered States (i.e., currently Idaho and South Carolina), DOE consults with NRC on draft waste determinations and NRC monitors DOE disposal actions in coordination with the Covered State to determine whether DOE complies with the performance objectives set forth in Subpart C of Title 10, Part 61, of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR Part 61), "Licensing Requirements for Land Disposal of Radioactive Waste." For more information about NRC monitoring activities under the NDAA, see the following: Monitoring of Disposal Actions for WIR.

Sites Not Under Section 3116 of the Ronald W. Reagan National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005:

For DOE sites from 1997 through 2003 and since 2004 for DOE sites not located in NDAA Covered States (i.e., currently Idaho and South Carolina), DOE has periodically consulted with the NRC in the course of its waste determination process.

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