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Safety Evaluation Report Related to Disposal of High-Level Radioactive Wastes in a Geologic Repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada: Administrative and Programmatic Requirements (NUREG-1949, Volume 4)

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Manuscript Completed: December 2014
Date Published: December 2014

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

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Abstract

Volume 4, Administrative and Programmatic Requirements, of this Safety Evaluation Report (SER) documents the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff's review and evaluation of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Safety Analysis Report (SAR), provided in its June 3, 2008, license application, as updated on February 19, 2009. Specifically, the NRC staff reviewed SAR Chapter 3, Research and Development Program to Resolve Safety Questions; Chapter 4, Performance Confirmation Program; and Chapter 5, Management Systems (except for SAR Section 5.4, Expert Elicitation, which is evaluated in SER Volume 3, Repository Safety After Permanent Closure, Chapter 20). In its application, DOE seeks authorization from the Commission to construct a repository at Yucca Mountain. The NRC staff also reviewed information DOE provided in response to the NRC staff's requests for additional information and other information that DOE provided related to the SAR. In particular, SER Volume 4 documents the results of the NRC staff's evaluation to determine whether DOE's research and development program, performance confirmation program, and other programmatic and administrative controls, systems, and programs meet applicable regulatory requirements. Based on its review, the NRC staff finds, with reasonable assurance, that, except as noted below, DOE has addressed applicable requirements including 10 CFR 63.21, "Content of Application"; 10 CFR 63.121, "Land Ownership and Control"; 10 CFR Part 63, Subpart D, "Records, Reports, Tests, and Inspections"; 10 CFR Part 63, Subpart F, "Performance Confirmation Program"; 10 CFR Part 63, Subpart G, "Quality Assurance"; 10 CFR Part 63, Subpart H, "Training and Certification of Personnel"; and 10 CFR Part 63, Subpart I, "Emergency Planning Criteria."

The NRC staff is proposing one condition of construction authorization in this SER Volume related to the description of programs designed to resolve safety questions. Pursuant to 10 CFR 63.32(b)(4), in the event that DOE identifies any safety questions that would require research and development programs in the future, the results of those programs must be appropriately reported to the NRC.

The NRC staff finds that DOE has not met the requirements 10 CFR 63.121(a) and 10 CFR 63.121(d)(1) regarding ownership of land and water rights, respectively.

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