ISSUANCE OF FINAL SUPPLEMENT TO THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENTS FOR A GEOLOGIC REPOSITORY AT YUCCA MOUNTAIN, NYE COUNTY, NEVADA, NUREG-2184
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff has issued its final "Supplement to the
U.S. Department of Energy's Environmental Impact Statement for a Geologic Repository for the
Disposal of Spent Nuclear Fuel and High-Level Radioactive Waste at Yucca Mountain,
Nye County, Nevada," NUREG-2184. This document is available in the NRC's Agencywide
Documents Access and Management System (ADAMS) at Accession No. ML 16125A032. On
May 13, 2016, the NRC will announce in the Federal Register the availability of this document.
Presentation given at the 2016 NRC Regulatory Information Conference DOE Activities on Interim Storage by Ray Furstenau, Associate Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary.
This document establishes an initial set of Functions and Requirements (F&Rs) for storage and transportation portions of the waste management system, provides bases for planning future activities (e.g., alternative analyses), and identifies interfaces between the Storage and Transportation Systems.
A set of 16 geologic disposal concepts is described in sufficient detail for rough-order-of-magnitude repository cost estimates, for disposal of spent nuclear reactor fuel in generic crystalline, argillaceous, and salt host geologic media. The description includes total length, diameter, and volume for all underground shafts, ramps, drifts and large-diameter borings. Basic types of ground support are specified. Total repository capacity is assumed to be approximately 140,000 MT of spent fuel, but concepts are described in terms of modular panels each containing 10,000 MT.
The Fuel Cycle Technologies (FCT) program supports the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) mission to “Enhance U.S. security and economic growth through transformative science, technology innovation, and market solutions to meet our energy, nuclear security, and environmental challenges.” Goal 1 of DOE’s Strategic Plan is to develop innovative energy technologies that enhance U.S. economic growth and job creation, energy security, and environmental quality. FCT does this by investing in advanced technologies that could transform the nuclear fuel cycle in the decades to come.
This certificate is issued to certify that the package (packaging and contents) described in Item 5 below meets the applicable safety standards set
forth in Title 10, Code of Federal Regulations. Part 71, "Packaging and Transportation of Radioactive Material."
From the Introduction: The Standard Contract requires the Department to issue an annual Acceptance Priority Ranking (APR) report and an Annual Capacity Report (ACR). The APR establishes the order in which the Department allocates the projected acceptance capacity for commercial spent nuclear fuel. The ACR applies projected nominal acceptance rates for the system to the APR, resulting in individual allocations for the owners and generators expressed in metric tons of uranium (MTU).