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Background Information Document For 40 CFR 197: Public Health And Environmental Radiation Protection Standards For Yucca Mountain, Nevada.

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The EPA is promulgating in 40 CFR Part 197, site-specific environmental standards to protect the public from releases of radioactive materials disposed of or stored in the potential repository to be constructed at Yucca Mountain. These standards provide the basic framework to control the long-term storage and disposal of three types of radioactive waste: spent nuclear fuel (SNF), if disposed of without reprocessing; high-level radioactive waste (HLW) from the reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel; and other radioactive materials that may be placed in the potential repository.
The other radioactive materials that could be disposed of in the Yucca Mountain repository include highly radioactive low-level waste, known as greater-than-Class-C waste, and excess plutonium resulting from the dismantlement of nuclear weapons. However, the plans for placement of these materials are uncertain and therefore, for the purpose of the present rulemaking, the information presented in this Background Information Document (BID) is limited to spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste.

Reference #:
A.2001.4 B
EPA Office:
Office of Air and Radiation
Office Suboffice:
Office of Radiation and Indoor Air
Office Division:
No division specified
EPA Author:
Office of Radiation and Indoor Air
Document Type:
Background Cost-Related Document
Document Status:
Not Reported

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