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Title: Transporting transuranic waste to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant: Risk and cost perspectives

The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) is an authorized US Department of Energy (DOE) research and development facility constructed near the city of Carlsbad in southeastern New Mexico. The facility is intended to demonstrate the safe disposal of transuranic (TRU) radioactive waste resulting from US defense activities. Under the WIPP Land Withdrawal Act of 1992 (LWA), federal lands surrounding the WIPP facility were withdrawn from all public use and the title of those lands was transferred to the Secretary of Energy. The DOE's TRU waste is stored, and in some cases is still being generated, at 10 large-quantity and 13 small-quantity sites across the US. After applicable certification requirements have been met, the TRU waste at these sites will be sent to the WIPP to initiate the disposal phase of the facility, which according to current planning is projected to last for approximately 35 years.
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
12405
Report Number(s):
ANL/EA/CP-98421
TRN: US0102502
DOE Contract Number:
W-31109-ENG-38
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: Annual Waste-Management Education and Research Consortium Conference on the Environment, Albuquerque, NM (US), 04/27/1999--04/29/1999; Other Information: PBD: 16 Feb 1999
Research Org:
Argonne National Lab., IL (US)
Sponsoring Org:
US Department of Energy (US)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
12 MANAGEMENT OF RADIOACTIVE WASTES, AND NON-RADIOACTIVE WASTES FROM NUCLEAR FACILITIES; ALPHA-BEARING WASTES; PLANNING; WIPP; WASTE TRANSPORTATION; RADIOACTIVE WASTE DISPOSAL; HAZARDS; ECONOMICS