The DOE Waste Acceptance Process for the Vitrified High-Level Waste Form

by Alan Berusch, U.S. Dep of Energy, Washington, United States,
Steven Gomberg, U.S. Dep of Energy, Washington, United States,
Christopher Charles, U.S. Dep of Energy, Washington, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1993


Borosilicate glass from Defense HLW producers will be emplaced in the civilian radioactive waste repository. Vitrified HLW will be under production before the repository license application is submitted. Therefore, the DOE Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management (OCRWM) has instituted the Waste Acceptance Process, which is a sequence of documentation whereby the DOE is assured that the high-level waste is vitrified in a consistent manner, and that adequate information is available about the final glass waste form to allow repository performance assessments to be made after production. An earlier methodology of information flow between DOE-HQ and the Waste Producers is being incorporated into the current top-level Systems Engineering-based approach. This paper will discuss the implementation of current DOE policy regarding the evolution of Waste Acceptance Process documentation. It will undertake also to describe the functions and interfaces of the Waste Acceptance documents.

Subject Headings: Waste management | Industrial wastes | Radioactive wastes | Waste disposal | Glass | Systems engineering | Licensure and certification | Information management

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