What is the Economic Impact of 40 CFR 197 on Yucca Mountain? [electronic resource].
- Washington, D.C. : United States. Environmental Protection Agency, 2002.
Oak Ridge, Tenn. : Distributed by the Office of Scientific and Technical Information, U.S. Dept. of Energy.
- Physical Description:
- 14 pages : digital, PDF file
- Additional Creators:
- United States. Environmental Protection Agency
United States. Department of Energy. Office of Scientific and Technical Information
- In this paper, DOE's strategy for development of a proposed repository at Yucca Mountain is reviewed to determine the impact of EPA's 40 CFR 197 rule making on the repository. This review is conducted through two major, converging perspectives. The first, an historical perspective, traces the evolution of the repository design from principal reliance for safety on natural barriers to a design having principal reliance on engineered barriers. This perspective demonstrates that this change evolved as a result of site characterization findings and their resulting impact on repository design, together with criticism and recommendations from external reviews of the DOE program. The second perspective, performance assessment, traces the evolution of strategy to achieve current performance, i.e., no expected radionuclide releases and no potential for radiation doses for more than 10,000 years. Together, these perspectives lead to the conclusion that the Yucca Mountain Repository has evolved in such a way that EPA's 40 CFR Part 197 standards have had and will have no impact on the costs of repository program development.
- Published through SciTech Connect.
Waste Management 2002 Symposium, Tucson, AZ (US), 02/24/2002--02/28/2002.
Bartlett, J.; Kozak, M.; Czyscinski, K.; Foutes, C. E.
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