United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Uniform Waste Manifest

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The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) published NUREG/BR-0204, Revision 3, "Instructions for Completing NRC's Uniform Low-Level Radioactive Waste Manifest," in June 2020 (85 FR 39936). This document provides instructions to prepare NRC Form 540 (Uniform Low-Level Radioactive Waste Manifest (Shipping Paper)), NRC Form 541 (Uniform Low-Level Radioactive Waste Manifest (Container and Waste Description)), and NRC Form 542 (Uniform Low-Level Radioactive Waste Manifest (Manifest Index and Regional Compact Tabulation)).

Collectively, NRC Forms 540, 541, and 542 (and their continuation pages) are referred to as the NRC's Uniform Low-Level Waste Manifest and can be found on the NRC Forms webpage under Document Collections.

In a September 14, 2020 public meeting NRC staff announced that the use of NUREG/BR-0204, Revision 3 has been delayed. This action was taken in response to industry requests that more time was needed to implement the changes included in Revision 3 to NUREG/BR-0204.

The delay of NUREG/BR-0204, Revision 3 was also announced in a September 30, 2020 Federal Register Notice (85 FR 61576). Until further notice, licensees should continue to use NUREG/BR 0204, Revision 2 and the versions of NRC Forms 540, 541 and 542 that were renewed in January 2020, or equivalent, as defined in NRC's regulations. The NRC Forms website reflects the versions of NRC Forms 540, 541 and 542 that licensees should use.

NRC staff plans to conduct additional stakeholder outreach to discuss future implementation of NUREG/BR-0204, Revision 3. The primary changes in Revision 3 include the following: updated instructions to reflect changes to the Uniform Manifest forms; updated references to DOT regulations to reflect the current DOT regulations; additional discussion on the reporting of inventories based on lower limit of detection values, the potential use of indirect methods to determine these inventories, and the use of indirect methods in waste classification calculations; additional clarification of the certification statement on Form 540 to account for cases where waste is shipped to a processor or collector; and overall improvements to the clarity of the document.


Appendix G of Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations Part 20, "Requirements for Transfers of Low-Level Radioactive Waste (LLRW) Intended for Disposal at Licensed Land Disposal Facilities and Manifests" requires that an NRC Uniform Waste Manifest (Shipping Paper and Container and Waste Description) be prepared for LLRW intended for ultimate disposal at a licensed LLRW land disposal facility. The waste generator, collector, or processor who transports, or offers for transportation, LLRW must prepare the manifest reflecting information requested on applicable NRC Forms 540 ("Uniform Low-Level Radioactive Waste Manifest (Shipping Paper)") and 541 ("Uniform Low-Level Radioactive Waste Manifest (Container and Waste Description)"), and if necessary, on an applicable NRC Form 542 ("Uniform Low-Level Radioactive Waste Manifest (Manifest Index and Regional Compact Tabulation)").

Public Involvement

The NRC considers public involvement to be a cornerstone of strong, fair regulation. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has a long-standing practice of conducting its regulatory responsibilities in an open manner, and keeping the public informed of the agency's regulatory, licensing, and oversight activities. For that reason, we opened dialogue with stakeholders (including the public) to discuss NUREG/BR-0204. Public comments for the NUREG can be found on regulations.gov using Docket Numbers NRC-2013-0035 and NRC-2018-0155.

See Public Meetings and Involvement, and Hearing Opportunities and License Applications for general information about the available opportunities for public involvement in NRC activities.

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Page Last Reviewed/Updated Tuesday, October 06, 2020