Progress on the U.S. Department of Energy's Issue Resolution Process: A Status Report

by Susan B. Jones, U.S. Dep of Energy, Las Vegas, United States,
Chris Einberg, U.S. Dep of Energy, Las Vegas, United States,
Linda J. Desell, U.S. Dep of Energy, Las Vegas, United States,
April VanCamp Gil, U.S. Dep of Energy, Las Vegas, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1993


The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is studying Yucca Mountain, Nevada, to determine its suitability for a mined geologic repository for high-level nuclear waste. In addition to identifying, clarifying, and resolving technical issues relative to site characterization, DOE has the responsibility to develop a license application for authorization to construct a geologic repository; the license application would be submitted to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. In order to assist in managing the complex licensing interactions required, DOE has developed the Issue Resolution process. Issue Resolution provides a means by which any issue, regulatory or technical, can be addressed and clarified. Eight issues are currently active in this process: Erosion, Calcite-Silica, Volcanism, Seismic Hazards, Engineered Barrier System, Disturbed Zone, Substantially Complete Containment, and Ground Water Travel Time. The Issue Resolution organization includes management and staff members which technical and management experience in relevant areas. The Issue Resolution structure has proven to be useful in focusing resources on those areas within the program that need clarification or interpretation and are critical for successful and timely site characterization and licensing of a potential repository.

Subject Headings: Radioactive wastes | Licensure and certification | Federal government | Geology | Volcanic eruption | Groundwater | Waste disposal | Waste containment | Nevada | United States

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