EXTENDED COMMENT PERIOD – High Level Waste Interpretation Issue: Public Comments Due February 10, 2020

DOE is preparing an environmental assessment (EA) to dispose of up to 10,000 gallons of stabilized (grouted) Defense Waste Processing Facility (DWPF) recycle wastewater from the Savannah River Site (SRS)

at a commercial low-level radioactive waste (LLW) disposal facility located outside of South Carolina licensed by either the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) or an Agreement State. This effort will analyze capabilities for alternative treatment and disposal options through the use of existing, permitted, off-site commercial treatment and disposal facilities. The DWPF recycle wastewater would be treated, characterized, and if the performance objectives and waste acceptance criteria of a specific disposal facility are met, DOE could consider whether to dispose of the waste as LLW under the Department’s high-level radioactive waste (HLW) interpretation. The HLW interpretation does not change or revise any current policies or other legal requirements with respect to HLW. As a result of this NEPA process, DOE may consider what actions, if any, are needed and appropriate to implement any decision to dispose of the DWPF recycle wastewater as LLW.

For more information: https://www.energy.gov/em/high-level-radioactive-waste-hlw-interpretation.

Public Comment Opportunities
The 30-day public comment period continues through February 10, 2020. Please direct written comments on the Draft DWPF SRS Recycle Wastewater EA to:

– Email:  DWPFEA@em.doe.gov.  Please submit comments in Microsoft Word or PDF file format and avoid the use of encryption.
– Mail:  James Joyce, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20585.

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