Disposal of Surplus Plutonium at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant: Interim Report evaluates the general viability of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration’s (DOE-NNSA’s) conceptual plans for disposing of 34 metric tons (MT) of surplus plutonium in the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), a deep geologic repository near Carlsbad, New Mexico. This report evaluates DOE-NNSA’s plans to ship, receive, and emplace surplus plutonium in WIPP and its understanding of the impacts of these plans on WIPP and WIPP-bound waste streams. This report, the first of two to be issued during this study, provides a preliminary assessment of the general viability of DOE-NNSA’s conceptual plans, focusing on some of the barriers to their implementation.
Table of Contents
|2 Disposition of Surplus Plutonium by the United States||8-18|
|3 Committee Assessment of DOE-NNSA'S Conceptual Plans for Dilute and Dispose Process||19-36|
|Appendix A Committee and Staff Biographies||40-47|
|Appendix B Information-Gathering Sessions||48-56|
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