EEI/UWASTE Oversight of the DOE Repository Program by the Repository Information Exchange Teamby Christopher J. Henkel, Edison Electric Inst, Washington, United States,
Eileen M. Supko, Edison Electric Inst, Washington, United States,
Michael H. Schwartz, Edison Electric Inst, Washington, United States,
Abstract: The Utility Nuclear Waste and Transportation Program of the Edison Electric Institute (EEI/UWASTE) has conducted reviews of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) repository program through its Repository Information Exchange Team (RIET or Team). Eight such reviews have been conducted since 1985 covering topics that include repository program management and control; repository schedule; repository budget; quality assurance; site characterization; repository licensing; environmental issues; and institutional and public information activities. The utility industry has used these repository program reviews as a forum for providing DOE's Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management (OCRWM) with comments on the direction of the repository program, advice for future actions regarding quality assurance activities and repository licensing, and suggestions for management and control of the Repository Program. The most significant recommendations made by the utility industry through the RIET are discussed along with any subsequent action by OCRWM in response to or subsequent to utility industry recommendations. The process used by the RIET to develop its recommendations to OCRWM regarding the repository program is also discussed.
Subject Headings: Radioactive wastes | Information management | Waste management | Electric power | Quality control | Licensure and certification | Industries | Power plants
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