Technical Considerations and Approcah for Evaluating Substantially Complete Containment of High-Level Nuclear Waste

by H. Manaktala, Southwest Research Inst, United States,
Y. Wu, Southwest Research Inst, United States,
P. Nair, Southwest Research Inst, United States,
C. Interrante, Southwest Research Inst, United States,
J. Bunting, Southwest Research Inst, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1990

Abstract: The current Federal Regulations, Title 10 Part 60.113(a)(1)(i)(A) require that, for at least 300 years, nuclear waste containment within a waste package shall be substantially complete. The term 'substantially complete containment' (SCC) is ambiguous and creates a potential for delays in repository licensing process. Therefore, there is a need to develop technical criteria with which the degree of containment can be evaluated. As an initial effort towards that end, two reports have been drafted, and are summarized in this paper. Part I of this paper addresses the technical considerations for evaluating SCC, while Part II deals with the treatment of uncertainties associated with evaluation of technical data and information.

Subject Headings: Radioactive wastes | Waste containment | Federal government | Concrete | Uncertainty principles | System analysis | Licensure and certification | Information management

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