In 2018, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine issued an Interim Report evaluating 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. It provided a preliminary assessment of the general viability of DOE-NNSA’s conceptual plans, focused on some of the barriers to their implementation. This final report addresses the remaining issues and echoes the recommendations from the interim study.
Table of Contents
|3 Plans to Dilute and Dispose||42-69|
|4 Implementation Challenges||70-80|
|5 System Vulnerabilities||81-105|
|Appendix A: Committee and Staff Biographies||114-121|
|Appendix B: Meetings||122-132|
|Appendix C: How Salt Repositories Work||133-139|
|Appendix D: Legal and Regulatory Requirements for Transportation||140-142|
|Appendix E: States' Active Partnership Role in Safe Transportation||143-144|
|Appendix F: High-Risk Items Within the Risk and Opportunity Analysis Report||145-149|
|Appendix G: Acronyms and Abbreviations||150-153|
|Appendix H: Interim Report||154-212|
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