Accident Analyses in Fulfillment of the Requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act and Their Relationship to the Packaging and Testing Requirements of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission

by M. Darrough, US Dep of Energy, United States,
T. McSweeney, US Dep of Energy, United States,
R. Rothman, US Dep of Energy, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1990

Abstract: In planning its Transportation Program, the Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management must address two fundamental questions: (1) To what extent are the reasonably foreseeable significant adverse impacts associated with transportation accidents (a consideration of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, or NEPA) incorporation into the design and testing requirements specified by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)? and (2) How are these accidents identified and assessed? This paper presents a proposed approach to assess transportation accidents in OCRWM's fulfillment of NEPA requirements. This proposed approach builds on the methodology used in the NRC assessments of transportation accidents, frequently called the Modal Study. In so doing, the approach in this paper demonstrates compatibility between the two regulatory perspectives.

Subject Headings: Accidents | Federal government | Radioactive wastes | Environmental issues | Waste management | Sustainable development | Impact tests | Transportation studies

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