Performance Assessment: The Bridge Between Regulatory Decision-Making and Scientific Uncertainties

by Robert M. Bernero, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1991


NRC has the responsibility for evaluating the license application for a repository against the regulations it has promulgated. Performance assessment is the bridge between regulatory decision-making and the scientific information amassed about the repository site and the repository design and the significant uncertainties that will always remain in this scientific information. A concern is whether performance assessment will provide an acceptable basis for making regulatory decisions about a nuclear waste repository. It will provide that basis if parameters and uncertainties can be quantified, if all relevant information is included and the limitations of certainty are acknowledged.

Subject Headings: Bridge tests | Decision making | Uncertainty principles | Bridge design | Radioactive wastes | Waste disposal | Site investigation | Radioactive materials | United States

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