Advance Notice of Upcoming Virtual Public Meeting on Request for Additional Information Concerning the Draft Waste Incidental to Reprocessing Evaluation for Vitrified Low-Activity Waste Disposed of Onsite at the Hanford Site, Washington
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) will be holding a virtual public meeting on the NRC Request for Additional Information, concerning the Draft Waste Incidental to Reprocessing Evaluation for Vitrified Low-Activity Waste Disposed of Onsite at the Hanford Site, Washington (Draft WIR Evaluation). The Draft WIR Evaluation analyzes whether the vitrified low-activity waste (VLAW) meets the criteria in DOE M 435.1-1, Radioactive Waste Management Manual, is waste incidental to reprocessing (WIR) of spent nuclear fuel, and may be managed (disposed of at the Hanford Site) as low-level radioactive waste in the future.
DOE is consulting with the NRC and providing the opportunity for comments by states, Tribal Nations, stakeholders and the public on the Draft WIR Evaluation. After consultation with the NRC, carefully considering comments received, and performing any necessary revisions of analyses and technical documents, DOE will prepare a final WIR evaluation. Based on the final WIR Evaluation, DOE may determine, in a future WIR Determination, whether the VLAW is incidental to reprocessing, is not high-level radioactive waste, and may be disposed of onsite (at the Hanford Integrated Disposal Facility) as low-level radioactive waste.
The purpose of this virtual meeting is for the NRC to provide its Request for Additional Information to DOE as part of the DOE-NRC consultation. Participants will be able to listen to the discussion between DOE and NRC, and ask questions regarding the Request for Additional Information.
Written comments on the Draft WIR Evaluation may be submitted electronically by Nov. 27, 2020, to VLAWDraftWIR@rl.gov (preferred), or via mail to:
U.S. Department Energy
Attn: Jennifer Colborn
P.O. Box 450, MSIN H6-60
Richland, WA 99354
The virtual public meeting will be held on Nov. 19, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. PT. To listen to the meeting via GoToWebinar, please follow the instructions below:
Visual (presentation only):
Click the GoToWebinar link:
1. Dial +1 509-372-3087 (local) or +1 800-664-0771 (long distance)
2. Enter Conference ID: 1333#
More information, including the Draft WIR Evaluation and the “Performance Assessment for the Integrated Disposal Facility, Hanford Site, Washington”, is available on the Hanford Vitrified Low-Activity Waste webpage.
Questions? Please contact Jennifer Colborn at Jennifer_M_colborn@rl.gov.
DOE-HQ WIR Process Overview Presentation
NRC RAI Presentation
To request disability accommodation, please contact Jennifer Colborn, firstname.lastname@example.org, 509-376-5840 at least 10 working days prior to the event. DOE makes every effort to honor disability accommodation requests.