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Title: Hazard and consequence analysis for waste emplacement at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant

The Carlsbad Area Office established and analyzed the safety bases for the design and operations as documented in the WIPP Safety Analysis Report (SAR). Additional independent efforts are currently underway to assess the hazards associated with the long-term (10,000 year) isolation period as required by 40 CFR 191. The structure of the WIPP SAR is unique due to the hazards involved, and the agreement between the State of New Mexico and the DOE regarding SAR content and format. However, the hazards and accident analysis philosophy as contained in DOE-STD-3009-94 was followed as closely as possible, while adhering to state agreements. Hazards associated with WIPP waste receipt, emplacement, and disposal operations were systematically identified using a modified Hazard and Operability Study (HAZOP) technique. The WIPP HAZOP assessed the potential internal, external, and natural phenomena events that can cause the identified hazards to develop into accidents. The hazard assessment identified deviations from the intended design and operation of the waste handling system, analyzed potential accident consequences to the public and workers, estimated likelihood of occurrence, and evaluated associated preventative and mitigative features. It was concluded from the assessment that the proposed WIPP waste emplacement operations and design are sufficient to ensure safetymore » of the public, workers, and environment, over the 35 year disposal phase.« less
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
238490
Report Number(s):
DOE/WIPP--96-2175; ON: DE96010280
ON: DE96010280; TRN: US200202%%140
DOE Contract Number:
AC04-86AL31950
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Other Information: Supercedes report DE96010280; PBD: [1996]; PBD: 1 May 1996
Research Org:
Westinghouse Electric Corp., Carlsbad, NM (US). Waste Isolation Div. (US)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE, Washington, DC (US)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
11 NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE AND FUEL MATERIALS; 12 MANAGEMENT OF RADIOACTIVE WASTES, AND NON-RADIOACTIVE WASTES FROM NUCLEAR FACILITIES; ACCIDENTS; DESIGN; SAFETY ANALYSIS; WIPP; RADIOACTIVE WASTE DISPOSAL