Study in Progress

Supplemental Treatment of Low-Activity Waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation

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Meetings

Meeting 1: Supplemental Treatment of Low-Activity Waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation - 12/12/17
Meeting 2: Supplemental Treatment of Low-Activity Waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation - 02/28/18
Meeting 3: Supplemental Treatment of Low-Activity Waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation - 07/23/18

Statement of Task

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will review the analysis carried out by the DOE-EM-selected Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) on approaches for supplemental treatment of low-activity waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. The review will evaluate the technical quality and completeness of the following:

1. Methods used to conduct the risk, cost-benefit, schedule, and regulatory compliance assessments and their implementation;
2. Waste conditioning and supplemental treatment approaches considered in the assessments, including any approaches not identified by DOE-EM;
3. Other key information and data used in the assessments; and
4. Results of the assessments, including the formulation and presentation of conclusions and the characterization and treatment of uncertainties.

The review will be carried out concurrently with the FFRDC's analysis with opportunities for input from the Washington State Department of Ecology, other principal Hanford stakeholders, and members of the public. The study will produce up to four reports with findings and recommendations. The first report will focus on study charges 1-3; the second report will focus on study charge 4; the third report will provide the committee's overall assessment; and the fourth report will provide a summary of public comments on the third committee report and the committee's views, if any, on these comments and whether they change any of the findings or recommendations in that report.

FFRDC Analysis Documents and Committee Review of Analysis Responses

The Committee is tasked with reviewing the FFRDC Team Working Draft Documents. Analysis documents which the FFRDC have provided to the committee are:

February 14, 2018, draft document [Pre-Decisional DRAFT]
July 15, 2018, draft document - Report of Analysis of Approaches to Supplemental Treatment of Low-Activity Waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation [SRNL-RP-2018-00687, PRELIMINARY DRAFT2018 07-15 / Predecisional DRAFT]

Additionally, the Committee is tasked with responding to the FFRDC pre-decisional drafts with a review of analysis. The Committee's responses are:

Committee response to FFRDC February 14, 2018, draft document - Review of the Analysis of Supplemental Treatment Approaches of Low-Activity Waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation: Review #1 (2018)
Review #2 TBA
Review #3 TBA
Review #4 TBA


NOTE: All input received by the committee, including any names and e-mail addresses included in the input, will be made available in the Public Access File for the project and may be quoted in whole or in part in the committee's report(s).