Potential Nuclear Material Safeguards Applied to the Department of Energy's Civilian Radioactive Waste Management System

by W. J. Danker, U.S. Dep of Energy, Washington, United States,
W. Floyd, U.S. Dep of Energy, Washington, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1993


The Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management (OCRWM) within the U.S. Department of Energy is charged with the responsibility of safe and efficient disposal of this Nation's civilian high-level radioactive waste and spent fuel. Part of this responsibility includes providing for the application of both domestic and international safeguards on nuclear material at facilities of the Civilian Waste Management System. While detailed safeguards requirements for these disposal facilities have yet to be established, once established, they could impact facility design. Accordingly, OCRWM has participated in efforts to develop safeguards approaches for geologic repositories and will continue to participate actively with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), as well as other Department of Energy (DOE) Offices in efforts to resolve safeguards issues related to spent fuel disposal, to minimize any potential design impacts and to support effective nuclear material safeguards. The following paper discusses current plans and issues related to the application of safeguards to the Civilian Radioactive Waste Management System (CRWMS).

Subject Headings: Systems management | Radioactive wastes | Nuclear power | Waste management | Radioactive materials | Hazardous substances | Waste disposal | Fuels

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