What You Need To Know about the Supplemental Proposed Rulemaking for 10 CFR Part 61, "Licensing Requirements Land Disposal of Radioactive Waste"

Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards
Existing NRC regulations at 10 CFR 61.55, “Waste Classification,” specify criteria for classifying low level radioactive waste for land disposal at a near-surface facility. The original development of 10 CFR 61.55 did not explicitly consider the impacts resulting from the disposal of unique waste streams, such as significant quantities of depleted uranium from the operation of a commercial uranium enrichment facility. When 10 CFR Part 61, “Licensing Requirements for Land Disposal of Radioactive Waste,” was initially developed, there were no commercial facilities generating significant quantities of depleted uranium waste streams. As a result, the analysis only considered the types of uranium-bearing waste streams being typically disposed of by licensees at the time. In response to Commission direction, the staff developed draft final 10 CFR Part 61 rule language and submitted it to the Commission on September 15, 2016, for review in SECY-16-0106, “Final Rule: Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal (10 CFR Part 61).”

On September 8, 2017, the staff received direction from the Commission on the path forward in Staff Requirements Memorandum (SRM)-SECY-16-0106. The Commission directed the staff to make substantive revisions to the draft final rule and subsequently republish it as a supplemental proposed rule for a 90-day public comment period.

This presentation provides information on the contents of SRM-SECY-16-0106 and the status of the supplemental proposed rulemaking. This presentation will be of interest to licensees that dispose of low-level radioactive waste in one of the four licensed disposal facilities.

Page Last Reviewed/Updated Monday, June 04, 2018