Regulating the Disposal of Low-Level Radioactive Waste: A Guide to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's 10 CFR Part 61 (NUREG/BR-0121)

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Text prepared: June 1988
Published: August 1989

Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards (NMSS)
U. S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555-0001


10 CFR Part 61 was developed during the five-year period from 1978-1982, in response to needs and requests expressed by the public, the Congress, industry, the States, and other Federal agencies for codified regulations specifically for disposal sites. NRC considered extensive public input, including the holding of four regional workshops. NRC issued draft and final environmental impact statements to present the bases for the regulation. The final regulation represented a major agency effort and was published in December 1982. The lifecycle of a disposal site begins well before wastes are received and continues long after disposal is complete. Part 61 of 10 CFR provides the technical and procedural framework for the entire lifecycle.

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