New Directions for EPA's High-Level Waste Standardsby Floyd L. Galpin, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, United States,
Lawrence G. Weinstock, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, United States,
James M. Gruhlke, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, United States,
Document Type: Proceeding Paper
Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1993
Recently enacted legislation passed by the 102nd Congress directs a significant change in the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) development of standards for spent fuel, high-level and transuranic wastes. The Wastes Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) Land Withdrawal Act (PL 102-579) reinstates the major part of EPA's 40 CFR 191 radiation standards as promulgated in 1985. In further requires that EPA promulgate a final complete standard in six months and gives the EPA a major role in overseeing the WIPP'S testing, design, and operation. The Energy Policy Act (PL 102-486) prescribes a procedure for EPA to follow in setting radiation standards for the Yucca Mountain site. This process requires contracting with the National Academy of Sciences and developing standards consistent with their findings and recommendations.
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