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Suggested Citation:"Appendix C Presentations to the Committee." National Research Council. 2006. Improving the Regulation and Management of Low-Activity Radioactive Wastes. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/11595.
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Appendix C
Presentations to the Committee

Washington, D.C., December 4-5, 2002

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s regulation of low-activity wastes and expectations for this study, Scott Flanders, USNRC


The Department of Energy’s regulation of low-activity wastes and expectations for this study, Karen Guevara, DOE


The Southeast Compact Commission’s role in managing low-activity wastes and expectations for this study, Mike Mobley, SECC


The Army Corps of Engineers’ role in managing low-activity wastes and expectations for this study, Tomiann McDaniel and John MacEvoy, USACE


The Environmental Protection Agency’s regulation of low-activity wastes and expectations for this study, Adam Klinger, EPA


Public comments

Richland, Washington, February 6-7, 2003

Introduction and overview of the DOE Hanford’s low-level waste burial grounds, Rudy Guercia, DOE-Richland

Suggested Citation:"Appendix C Presentations to the Committee." National Research Council. 2006. Improving the Regulation and Management of Low-Activity Radioactive Wastes. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/11595.
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Hanford Environmental Restoration Disposal Facility (ERDF), Owen Robertson, DOE-Richland


Views of the Hanford Advisory Board, Ken Bracken, HAB


Roundtable discussion led by David Leroy, Committee Chairman


Public comments

Hanford Site Visit

U.S. Ecology briefing and site tour, Mike Ault, U.S. Ecology


ERDF briefing and site tour, Rudy Guercia, DOE-RL


200 West Area low-level waste burial site tour, Rudy Guercia, DOE-RL

Salt Lake City, Utah, April 16-17, 2003

Comments from the Tooele County Commissioners, Gene White, Commissioner


Comments from the Utah Department of Environmental Quality, Bill Sinclair, Division of Radiation Control


International Uranium Corporation: Overview and waste issues, Dave Frydenlund, IUC


National Mining Association perspective, Tony Thompson, NMA (by telephone)


Public comments

Envirocare of Utah Site Visit

Overview and discussion, Ken Alkema, Envirocare of Utah


Bus tour of the site, Gene Perry, Envirocare of Utah

Washington, D.C., June 11-13, 2003

Risk-based classification of radioactive and hazardous chemical wastes—NCRP 139, Allen Croff, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Suggested Citation:"Appendix C Presentations to the Committee." National Research Council. 2006. Improving the Regulation and Management of Low-Activity Radioactive Wastes. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/11595.
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Perspectives from the Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors on medical waste and NORM, Jill Lipoti, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection


Increasing disposal options for low-activity and mixed wastes, Adam Klinger, EPA


Disposition of slightly radioactive solid materials, Frank Cardile, USNRC


Milestones and millstones: Industry experience with low-activity waste disposals, Paul Genoa, Nuclear Energy Institute. Comments by Alan Pasternak, CalRad Forum (by telephone)


Roundtable discussion: Framing recommendations for changes in regulatory policy, Frank Marcinowski, EPA; Lawrence Kokajko, USNRC; Karen Guevara, DOE; Kathryn Haynes, SECC


Perspectives on low-activity waste issues, Diane D’Arrigo, Nuclear Information and Resource Service; Judith Johnsrud, Sierra Club


Public comments

Paris, France, September 22-25, 2003

National Plan for Radioactive waste management in France, Jérémie Averous, Direction Générale de la Sûreté Nucléaire et de la Radioprotection (DGSNR)


LLW disposal management and safety in France, Arnaud Grevoz, Agence Nationale pour la Gestion des Déchets Radioactifs (ANDRA)


Mine tailing management and impact in France, Anne Christine Servant, Institut de Radioprotection et de Sûreté Nucléaire (IRSN)


Radiological protection principles evolution: Application to waste management (Jean François Lecomte, IRSN and International Commission for Radiation Protection (ICRP)


Waste management regulation in EU, Derek Taylor, European Commission


Site visit to the LLW disposal facility Centre de l’Aube


Site visit to the LAW disposal facility at Morvilliers

Suggested Citation:"Appendix C Presentations to the Committee." National Research Council. 2006. Improving the Regulation and Management of Low-Activity Radioactive Wastes. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/11595.
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LLW management in Japan, Atsu Suzuki, Nuclear Safety Commission (NSC)


LLW management in South-Korea, Sang Hoon Park, Korean Institute of Nuclear Safety (KINS)


LLW management in Spain, Pablo Zuloaga, Empresa Nacional de Residuos Radioactivos S.A (ENRESA)


LLW management in Belgium, Jean-Paul Minon, Organisme National des Déchets Radioactifs et des matières Fissiles enrichies (ONDRAF)


LLW management in Germany, Bruno Baltes, Gesellschaft für Anlagen und Reaktorsicherheit (GRS)


A common framework for radioactive waste disposal, Philip Metcalf, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

Washington, D.C., November, 29, 2004

Recap of Senate Energy and Natural Resources Hearing on Low-Level Wastes (LLW), Pete Lyons, Clint Williamson (Domenici); Jonathan Epstein, Sam Fowler (Bingaman)


Sponsors’ perspectives and suggestions for completing the study:


Environmental Protection Agency, Adam Klinger, Dan Schultheisz


Army Corps of Engineers, Tomiann McDaniel


DOD Executive Agent for Low-Level Radioactive Waste, Richard Conley (via telephone)


The Institute for Applied Energy—Japan, Shigenobu Hirusawa


California Environmental Protection Agency, Jeffrey Wong (via video-conference)


Southeast Compact Commission, Mike Mobley


Midwest Interstate Low-Level Radioactive Waste Compact, Ron Kucera (via telephone)

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Department of Energy, David Mathes


Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Scott Flanders


Public Comments

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The largest volumes of radioactive wastes in the United States contain only small amounts of radioactive material. These low-activity wastes (LAW) come from hospitals, utilities, research institutions, and defense installations where nuclear material is used. Millions of cubic feet of LAW also arise every year from non-nuclear enterprises such as mining and water treatment. While LAW present much less of a radiation hazard than spent nuclear fuel or high-level radioactive wastes, they can cause health risks if controlled improperly.

Improving the Regulation and Management of Low-Activity Radioactive Wastes asserts that LAW should be regulated and managed according to the degree of risk they pose for treatment, storage, and disposal. Current regulations are based primarily on the type of industry that produced the waste--the waste's origin--rather than its risk. In this report, a risk-informed approach for regulating and managing all types of LAW in the United States is proposed. Implemented in a gradual or stepwise fashion, this approach combines scientific risk assessment with public values and perceptions. It focuses on the hazardous properties of the waste in question and how they compare with other waste materials. The approach is based on established principles for risk-informed decision making, current risk-informed initiatives by waste regulators in the United States and abroad, solutions available under current regulatory authorities, and remedies through new legislation when necessary.

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