U. S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission's High-Level Waste Repository Licensing Program and Regulatory Strategy

by Robert L. Johnson, US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, United States,
John J. Linehan, US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, United States,
B. J. Youngblood, US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1990


The U. S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) High-Level Waste Repository Licensing Program during the pre-licence application phase consists of activities in the following four areas: regulatory requirements and technical guidance, technical assessment capability, quality assurance, and prelicensing and site characterization reviews. The staff has prepared a regulatory strategy to guide the refinement of the regulatory requirements and technical guidance regulatory framework. This strategy consists of approaches for identifying uncertainties in the existing regulatory framework and approaches for further refining the regulatory framework, to reduce uncertainties, using a mix of rulemakings, Technical Positions, and a Regulatory Guide. The revised regulatory framework will help ensure that the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE) has the necessary guidance to prepare and submit a complete and high quality License Application and that inefficiencies do not result in the licensing process from a lack of regulatory guidance.

Subject Headings: Frames | Federal government | Radioactive wastes | Licensure and certification | Uncertainty principles | Waste storage | Waste sites | Site investigation

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