APPENDIX C

STATEMENT OF TASK

The committee will perform a scientific and technical review of the April 1995 Yucca Mountain Site Characterization Project Technical Basis Report for Surface Characteristics, Preclosure Hydrology, and Erosion.

The committee will evaluate this report to assess the validity of the data and interpretations and the adequacy of the treatment of uncertainties in describing the current state of understanding. The committee will review only the technical and scientific analyses. The committee will not address regulatory compliance, nor will it address the suitability of the Yucca Mountain site as a high-level radioactive waste repository. The committee will prepare a written report of its findings for distribution to OCRWM and interested members of the public.

The review will address (but will not be limited to) the following questions:

  1. Have the data been collected and analyzed in a technically acceptable manner?

  2. Do the data, given the associated error and analytical and technical uncertainties, support the technical interpretations and conclusions made within the technical basis report?

  3. Are there credible alternative interpretations that would significantly alter the conclusions reached?

  4. What testing, if any, would discriminate among alternative technical interpretations?

  5. If such testing is recommended, how effective would it be at reducing significant uncertainties?

The committee will attempt to distinguish between recommendations for further technical work to reduce uncertainty, and any recommendations pertaining to DOE policy or management.



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Review of U.S. Department of Energy Technical Basis Report for Surface Characteristics, Preclosure Hydrology, and Erosion APPENDIX C STATEMENT OF TASK The committee will perform a scientific and technical review of the April 1995 Yucca Mountain Site Characterization Project Technical Basis Report for Surface Characteristics, Preclosure Hydrology, and Erosion. The committee will evaluate this report to assess the validity of the data and interpretations and the adequacy of the treatment of uncertainties in describing the current state of understanding. The committee will review only the technical and scientific analyses. The committee will not address regulatory compliance, nor will it address the suitability of the Yucca Mountain site as a high-level radioactive waste repository. The committee will prepare a written report of its findings for distribution to OCRWM and interested members of the public. The review will address (but will not be limited to) the following questions: Have the data been collected and analyzed in a technically acceptable manner? Do the data, given the associated error and analytical and technical uncertainties, support the technical interpretations and conclusions made within the technical basis report? Are there credible alternative interpretations that would significantly alter the conclusions reached? What testing, if any, would discriminate among alternative technical interpretations? If such testing is recommended, how effective would it be at reducing significant uncertainties? The committee will attempt to distinguish between recommendations for further technical work to reduce uncertainty, and any recommendations pertaining to DOE policy or management.