A Literature-Based Preliminary Characterization of Risks in the Nuclear Waste Management System

by P. M. Daling, Pacific Northwest Lab, United States,
R. E. Rhoads, Pacific Northwest Lab, United States,
A. E. Van Luik, Pacific Northwest Lab, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1990


The objectives of this study were to 1) review the literature containing information on risks in the nuclear waste management system and 2) use this information to develop preliminary estimates of the potential magnitudes of these risks. Information was collected on a broad range of risk categories to assist the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in communicating information about the risks in the waste management system. The study, which was completed prior to passage of the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 1987, examined all of the portions of the nuclear waste management system envisioned by the DOE in the 1985 'Mission Plan for the Civilian Radioactive Waste Management Program.'1 As such, there may be statements in this paper that are not consistent with current DOE positions. The scope of this paper includes the repository, the integral Monitored Retrievable Storage (MRS) facility, and the transportation system that supports the repository and the MRS facility.

Subject Headings: Systems management | Information management | Risk management | Radioactive wastes | Waste management | Waste storage | Resilient modulus | Storage facilities

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