Low-Level Waste and Decommissioning Sub-Arena

Low-level waste and decommissioning comprise one of three sub-arenas that the staff of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) identified in considering which areas of the waste management arena to target for greater use of risk information. This page summarizes the following aspects of this sub-arena with expanding menus:

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List of Risk-Informed and Performance-Based Activities

This list shows the ongoing licensing initiatives, projects, and activities that the staff of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has targeted for greater use of risk information in the Low-Level Waste and Decommissioning Sub-Arena within the Waste Management Arena:

Very Low-Level Waste Scoping Study

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The staff will continue to evaluate potential enhancements within the existing VLLW regulatory framework as part of the current regulatory process.

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Greater than Class-C Waste

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On October 21, 2020, in SECY-20-0098 – Path Forward and Recommendations for Certain Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Rulemakings, the staff provided the Commission with options and a recommendation for the path forward on this issue.  The staff recommended combining the ongoing Part 61 proposed rulemaking with a proposed rulemaking to promulgate requirements for the near-surface disposal of Greater-Than-Class C (GTCC) waste in one consolidated rulemaking.

For more information see existing public website.

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Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal (10 CFR Part 61) Rulemaking

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On October 21, 2020, in SECY-20-0098 – Path Forward and Recommendations for Certain Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Rulemakings, the staff provided the Commission with options and a recommendation for the path forward on this proposed rulemaking.  The staff recommended combining this Part 61 proposed rulemaking with a proposed rulemaking to promulgate requirements for the near-surface disposal of greater-than-Class C (GTCC) waste in one consolidated and integrated rulemaking.

For more information see existing public website.

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Page Last Reviewed/Updated Thursday, February 03, 2022