Design Control Process Requirements for Geologic Repository Operations Area Design

by Dinesh C. Gupta, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, United States,
Mysore S. Nataraja, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, United States,
James T. Conway, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1991


This paper outlines U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC's) key regulations applicable to U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) design of geologic repository operations area (GROA) in the area of design control. According to Part 60 of Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR) all structures, systems, and components important to safety, and design and characterization of barriers important to waste isolation and activities related thereto, are subject to a quality assurance program based on criteria of Appendix B of 10 CFR Part 50. For engineered systems, the requirements are intended to provide a means to control the quality of the material, structure, or components to predetermined levels of specificity. The design control process is a key component of these quality assurance requirements and includes measures to be taken to ensure that (1) applicable regulatory requirements and design bases are correctly translated into specifications, drawings, procedures, and instructions; (2) design interfaces are identified and controlled and coordination is maintained among participating design organizations; (3) the adequacy of design is verified or checked; and (4) design changes are subject to controls commensurate with those controls applied to the original design.

Subject Headings: Quality control | Geology | Structural safety | Structural members | Waste storage | Standards and codes | Highway barriers | Radioactive wastes | Nevada | United States

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