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Low-Level Waste Reference Documents

In October 2016, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC's) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) conducted an audit of NRC's oversight of low-level radioactive waste (LLRW) disposal program.  Specifically, the objective of the audit was review NRC's oversight of the disposal and waste blending processes at disposal facilities and if they are done safely and effectively.  The report found that the NRC provides adequate oversight of LLRW disposal and blending processes through inspection activities.  However, it noted that although LLRW guidance is adequate, some stakeholders have had difficulty finding NRC's LLRW guidance and there are numerous guidance documents stored on various websites.

This effort helps to ensure that the many staff positions on LLRW issues are readily available to licensees, States, future developers of LLRW disposal sites, and other stakeholders. 

The NRC staff has consolidated the LLRW guidance documents on the NRC Website.

Document Title Date
NUREG/BR-0121 Regulating the Disposal of Low-Level Radioactive Waste: A Guide to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's 10 CFR Part 61 August 1989
NUREG/BR-0204 Instructions for Completing NRC's Uniform Low-Level Radioactive Waste Manifest July 1998
NUREG/CP-0182 Proceedings of the Advisory Committee on Nuclear Waste Transportation Working Group Meeting: November 19–20, 2002, and April 22, 2003 September 2003
NUREG/CP-0187 Proceedings of the International Workshop on Uncertainty, Sensitivity, and Parameter Estimation for Multimedia Environmental Modeling: Held August 19–21, 2003 at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Headquarters October 2004
NUREG/CP-0193 Proceedings of the International Workshop on Conceptual Model Development for Subsurface Reactive Transport Modeling of Inorganic Contaminants, Radionuclides, and Nutrients: Held at La Posada de Albuquerque, Albuquerque, New Mexico, April 20–24, 2004 March 2006
NUREG/CP-0195 Proceedings of the Workshop on Engineered Barrier Performance Related to Low-Level Radioactive Waste, Decommissioning, and Uranium Mill Tailings Facilities: Held at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Headquarters, Rockville, MD, August 3-5, 2010 August 2011
NUREG/CR-1759 Data Base for Radioactive Waste Management November 1989
NUREG/CP-0195 Proceedings of the Workshop on Engineered Barrier Performance Related to Low-Level Radioactive Waste, Decommissioning, and Uranium Mill Tailings Facilities: Held at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Headquarters, Rockville, MD, August 3-5, 2010 November 1989
NUREG/CR-1005 A Radioactive Waste Disposal Classification System September 1979
NUREG/CR-1759 Data Base for Radioactive Waste Management November 1981
NUREG/CR-3332 Radiological Assessment: A Textbook on Environmental Dose Analyses September 1983
NUREG/CR-4062 Extended Storage of Low-Level Radioactive Waste: Potential Problem Areas December 1985
NUREG/CR-5466 Service Life of Concrete November 1989
NUREG/CR-5532 A Performance Assessment Methodology for Low-Level Waste Facilities July 1990
NUREG/CR-5542 Models for Estimation of Service Life of Concrete Barriers in Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal September 1990
NUREG/CR-5698 Comparing Monitoring Strategies at the Maricopa Environmental Monitoring Site, Arizona July 1999
NUREG/CR-5737 Hydrogeologic Performance Assessment of the Commercial Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Facility Near West Valley, New York June 1991
NUREG/CR-5927 Evaluation of a Performance Assessment Methodology for Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Facilities August 1993
NUREG/CR-6230 Radioanalytical Technology for 10 CFR Part 61 and Other Selected Radionuclides: Literature Review March 1996
NUREG/CR-6346 Hydrologic Evaluation Methodology for Estimating Water Movement Through the Unsaturated Zone at Commercial Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Sites January 1996
NUREG/CR-6377 Effects of Radionuclide Concentrations by Cement/Ground-Water Interactions in Support of Performance Assessment of Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Facilities May 1998
NUREG/CR-6627 The Role of Organic Complexants and Colloids in the Transport of Radionuclides by Groundwater January 2000
NUREG/CR-6647 Adsorption and Desorption Behavior of Selected 10 CFR Part 61 Radionuclides From Ion Exchange Resin by Waters of Different Chemical Composition July 2000
NUREG/CR-6653 Comparison of Estimated Ground-Water Recharge Using Different Temporal Scales of Field Data April 2000
NUREG/CR-6666 Survey of Waste Solidification Process Technologies February 2001
NUREG/CR-6673 Hydrogen Generation in TRU Waste Transportation Packages May 2000
NUREG/CR-6714 Hanford Tank Waste Remediation System Pretreatment Chemistry and Technology September 2001
NUREG/CR-6729 Field Studies for Estimating Uncertainties in Ground-Water Recharge Using Near-Continuous Peizometer Data July 2001
NUREG/CR-6757 Large-Scale Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Metal Sorption onto the Basal Surfaces of Clay Minerals February 2002
NUREG/CR-6758 Radionuclide-Chelating Agent Complexes in Low-Level Radioactive Decontamination Waste: Stability, Adsorbtion, and Transport Potential February 2002
NUREG/CR-6766 Release of Radionuclides and Chelating Agents from Full-System Decontamination Ion-Exchange Resins March 2002
NUREG/CR-6780 Effects of Adsorption Constant Uncertainty on Containment Plume Migration: One- and Two-Dimensional Numerical Studies June 2002
NUREG/CR-6784 Use of Computerized Microtomography to Examine the Relationships of Sorption Sites in Alluvial Soils to Iron and Pore Space Distributions July 2002
NUREG/CR-6805 A Comprehensive Strategy of Hydrogeologic Modeling and Uncertainty Analysis for Nuclear Facilities and Sites July 2003
NUREG/CR-6825 Literature Review and Assessment of Plant and Animal Transfer Factors Used in Performance Assessment Modeling August 2003
NUREG/CR-6636 Maintainability of Digital Systems: Technical Basis and Human Factors Review Guidance March 2000
NUREG/CR-6843 Combined Estimation of Hydrogeologic Conceptual Model and Parameter Uncertainty March 2004
NUREG/CR-6871 Documentation and Applications of the Reactive Geochemical Transport Model RATEQ June 2005
NUREG/CR-6893 Modeling Adsorption Processes: Issues in Uncertainty, Scaling, and Prediction February 2006
NUREG/CR-6941 Soil-to-Plant Concentration Ratios for Assessing Food-Chain Pathways in Biosphere Models August 2007
NUREG/CR-7025 Radionuclide Release from Slag and Concrete Waste Materials, Part I: Conceptual Models of Leaching from Complex Materials and Laboratory Test Methods December 2010
NUREG/CR-7028 Engineered Covers for Waste Containment: Changes in Engineering Properties and Implications for Long-Term Performance Assessment December 2011
NUREG/CR-7105 Radionuclide Release from Slag and Concrete Waste Materials – Part 2: Relationship Between Laboratory Tests and Field Leaching October 2011
NUREG/CR-7199 Radionuclide Release from Slag and Concrete Waste Materials – Part 3: Testing Protocol December 2015
NUREG-0116 Environmental Survey of the Reprocessing and Waste Management Portion of the LWR Fuel Cycle: A Task Force Report October 1976
NUREG-0456 A Classification System for Radioactive Waste Disposal – What Waste Goes Where? July 1978
NUREG-0782 Draft Environmental Impact Statement on 10 CFR Part 61 Licensing Requirements for Land Disposal of Radioactive Waste September 1981
NUREG-0902 Site Suitability, Selection and Characterization: Branch Technical Position – Low-Level Radioactive Waste April 1982
NUREG-0945 Final Environmental Impact Statement on 10 CFR Part 61 Licensing Requirements for Land Disposal of Radioactive Waste November 1982
NUREG-1199 Standard Format and Content of a License Application for a Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Facility January 1991
NUREG-1200 Standard Review Plan for the review of a license application for a Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Facility April 1994
NUREG-1213 Plans and Schedules for Implementation of U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Responsibilities under the Low-Level Radioactive Waste Amendments Act of 1985 (P.L. 99-240) August 1987
NUREG-1274 Review Process for Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal License Application Under Low-Level Radioactive Waste Policy Amendments Act August 1987
NUREG-1293 Quality Assurance Guidance for a Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Facility April 1991
NUREG-1307 Report on Waste Burial Charges: Changevs in Decommissioning Waste Disposal Costs at Low-Level Waste Burial Facilities, Final Report March 2017
NUREG-1388 Environmental Monitoring of Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Facility December 1989
NUREG-1423 A Compilation of Reports of The Advisory Committee on Nuclear Waste October 2006
NUREG-1556 Consolidated Guidance About Materials Licenses August 2018
NUREG-1573 A Performance Assessment Methodology for Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Facilities: Recommendations of NRC's Performance Assessment Working Group October 2000
NUREG-1623 Design of Erosion Protection for Long-Term Stabilization September 2002
NUREG-1702 Standard Review Plan for the Review of a License Application for the Tank Waste Remediation System Privatization (TWRS-P) Project March 2000
NUREG-1747 Overview & Summary of NRC Involvement with DOE in Tank Waste Remediation System-Privatization (TWRS-P) Program August 2001
NUREG-1853 History and Framework of Commercial Low-Level Radioactive Waste Management in the United States: ACNW White Paper January 2007
NUREG-1854 NRC Staff Guidance for Activities Related to U.S. Department of Energy Waste Determinations – Draft Report For Interim Use August 2007
NUREG-1911 NRC Periodic Compliance Monitoring Report for U.S. Department of Energy Non-High-Level Waste Disposal Actions December 2015
NUREG-2175 Guidance for Conducting Technical Analyses for 10 CFR Part 61, Draft Report for Comment March 2015

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