Throughout the performance assessment (PA) process for proposed depleted uranium (DU) disposal in Utah, the Division of Waste Management and Radiation Control (DWMRC) has worked to keep the public informed and involved.
In 2010 and 2011, DWMRC held a series of public information sessions and workshops to both inform interested stakeholders about components of the PA and involve them in discussions about the technical aspects of DU disposal. During a series of three meetings, DWMRC, Neptune (consultants for EnergySolutions), the Department of Energy (DOE), the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), and the Utah Attorney General’s Office made presentations on the PA process and its regulatory requirements.
Beginning in 2009, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) commenced rulemaking to change the criteria for the disposal of DU. Between 2009 and 2012, the NRC held numerous stakeholder meetings nationwide and solicited feedback from the public regarding proposed language for additional disposal requirements. Because these proposed changes in the regulations would impact the technical requirements for DU disposal, DRC watched these developments closely and submitted several rounds of comments to the NRC. In July 2013, NRC staff submitted a draft rule (102.23 KB) to the Commission that would update the technical analysis requirements for the disposal of depleted uranium. This draft rule clarified the direction NRC planned to take regarding DU disposal.
In August 2013, DRC hired an outside contractor to assist DRC in completing its analysis of the PA. In November 2013, DEQ hosted an open house that provided the public with an opportunity to ask questions and discuss concerns about the PA and DU disposal with DEQ project managers and contractor technical staff.
November 13 and 14, 2013
DEQ hosted an open house to give interested members of the public an opportunity to ask questions about the review process for the EnergySolutions PA.
February 1, 2011
- Deep Time at Clive
- Depleted Uranium Waste and the Disposal System
- Parking Lot
- Performance Assessments Education and Discussion Workshop
- Receptors and Pathway Summary
- Site Stability
November 9, 2010
- Performance Assessments: Education and Discussion Workshop
- United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission: Regulatory Perspective on Performance Assessment
- Depleted Uranium (DU) Rule—Utah History
- Performance Assessments for EnergySolutions: History and Concepts
- Overview of DOE’s Regulatory Compliance Process and Performance Assessment