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Title: Disposal phase experimental program plan

The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) facility comprises surface and subsurface facilities, including a repository mined in a bedded salt formation at a depth of 2,150 feet. It has been developed to safely and permanently isolate transuranic (TRU) radioactive wastes in a deep geological disposal site. On April 12, 1996, the DOE submitted a revised Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Part B permit application to the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED). The DOE anticipates receiving an operating permit from the NMED; this permit is required prior to the start of disposal operations. On October 29, 1996, the DOE submitted a Compliance Certification Application (CCA) to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in accordance with the WIPP land Withdrawal Act (LWA) of 1992 (Public Law 102-579) as amended, and the requirements of Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations (40 CFR) Parts 191 and 194. The DOE plans to begin disposal operations at the WIPP in November 1997 following receipt of certification by the EPA. The disposal phase is expected to last for 35 years, and will include recertification activities no less than once every five years. This Disposal Phase Experimental Program (DPEP) Plan outlines the experimental program tomore » be conducted during the first 5-year recertification period. It also forms the basis for longer-term activities to be carried out throughout the 35-year disposal phase. Once the WIPP has been shown to be in compliance with regulatory requirements, the disposal phase gives an opportunity to affirm the compliance status of the WIPP, enhance the operations of the WIPP and the national TRU system, and contribute to the resolution of national and international nuclear waste management technical needs. The WIPP is the first facility of its kind in the world. As such, it provides a unique opportunity to advance the technical state of the art for permanent disposal of long-lived radioactive wastes.« less
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
515490
Report Number(s):
DOE/CAO--97-1223
ON: DE97004467; TRN: 97:015835
DOE Contract Number:
AC04-86AL31950
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: 31 Jan 1997
Research Org:
Westinghouse Electric Corp., Carlsbad, NM (United States). Waste Isolation Div.
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management, Washington, DC (United States)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
05 NUCLEAR FUELS; WIPP; RADIOACTIVE WASTE DISPOSAL; ALPHA-BEARING WASTES; UNDERGROUND DISPOSAL; LICENSE APPLICATIONS; EXPERIMENT PLANNING; COMPLIANCE; CERTIFICATION