Recommendation: DOE and SRS should appoint an appropriately expert technical team with the responsibility and authority with adequate funding to manage the HLW salt processing program. This team should be charged with assuring that R&D and analysis of the alternate processing options are carried out as long as needed to reduce risk to an acceptable level—but no longer. The team should decide when enough information is available to allow selection or exclusion of any process, what demonstrations —hot or cold—should be conducted, what pilot plants are needed, and if so, when. The team should also be responsible for selecting the size and throughput of the production facility, since that decision also impacts both costs and risks.



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