In 1943, as part of the Manhattan Project, the Hanford Nuclear Reservation was established with the mission to produce plutonium for nuclear weapons. During 45 years of operations, the Hanford Site produced about 67 metric tonnes of plutonium—approximately two-thirds of the nation’s stockpile. Production processes generated radioactive and other hazardous wastes and resulted in airborne, surface, subsurface, and groundwater contamination. Presently, 177 underground tanks contain collectively about 210 million liters (about 56 million gallons) of waste. The chemically complex and diverse waste is difficult to manage and dispose of safely.
Section 3134 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 calls for a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) to conduct an analysis of approaches for treating the portion of low-activity waste (LAW) at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation intended for supplemental treatment. The first of four, this report reviews the analysis carried out by the FFRDC. It evaluates the technical quality and completeness of the methods used to conduct the risk, cost benefit, schedule, and regulatory compliance assessments and their implementations; waste conditioning and supplemental treatment approaches considered in the assessments; and other key information and data used in the assessments.
Table of Contents
|2 Committee's Review of the FFRDC's Draft Methodologies||10-16|
|3 Committee's Review of the FFRDC's Draft Assessment of Waste Conditioning and Supplemental Treatment Approaches||17-22|
|4 Committee's Review of the Information and Data Used by the FFRDC||23-24|
|5 Stakeholders' and Public Comments||25-27|
|Appendix A: Section 3134 of the Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act||30-31|
|Appendix B: Statement of Task||32-32|
|Appendix C: Presentations at the Committee's Information-Gathering Meetings||33-34|
|Appendix D: Biographical Sketches of the Committee||35-40|
|Appendix E: Acronyms and Abbreviations||41-42|
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