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Regulatory Issues for the Waste Control Specialists LLRW Facility in Andrews Texas

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Gary B. Merrell

URS, Salt Lake City, UT

Bill Dornsife

Waste Control Specialists, Andrews, TX

Gary M. Sandquist

Applied Science Professionals, LLC, Salt Lake City, UT

Paper No. ICONE20-POWER2012-54739, pp. 149-152; 4 pages
  • 2012 20th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering and the ASME 2012 Power Conference
  • Volume 4: Codes, Standards, Licensing, and Regulatory Issues; Fuel Cycle, Radioactive Waste Management and Decommissioning; Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and Coupled Codes; Instrumentation and Controls; Fuels and Combustion, Materials Handling, Emissions; Advanced Energy Systems and Renewables (Wind, Solar, Geothermal); Performance Testing and Performance Test Codes
  • Anaheim, California, USA, July 30–August 3, 2012
  • Conference Sponsors: Nuclear Engineering Division, Power Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4498-4
  • Copyright © 2012 by ASME


The design, construction, operation, maintenance, and closure of low-level radioactive waste (LLRW) disposal facilities in the US is regulated by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) or by Agreement States authorized by the NRC to impose equivalent regulatory control and oversight. Those regulations by either the NRC or Agreement States impose conditions contained in 10 CFR 61. The Waste Control Specialists (WCS) facility in Andrews Texas is the first successful disposal facility for Class A, B, and C LLRW to be licensed and constructed in the U.S. in the past four decades. As an agreement state, Texas has imposed additional requirements beyond those of 10 CFR 61. The additional requirements imposed by Texas have resulted in a significantly longer licensing period, more site characterization activities, and more performance assessment calculations than originally anticipated. The result is a more complete knowledge of the site characteristics and greater confidence in the long-term performance of the disposal system. This paper discussed the regulatory issues addressed in the licensing process and their effects on building confidence that the WCS disposal facility will meet the long-term performance objectives.

Copyright © 2012 by ASME



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