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Draft Environmental Impact Statement For 40 CFR 191: Environmental Standards For Management And Disposal Of Spent Nuclear Fuel, High-Level And Transuranic Radioactive Wastes. (See U.S. EPA Headquarters Library Copy #PB83-171157).

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The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing environmental standards for the management and disposal of spent nuclear reactor fuel and high-level and transuranic radioactive waste. Subpart A of the standards would limit the radiation exposure of members of the public from management and storage of spent fuel and of waste prior to disposal. Subpart B would establish both quantitative containment requirements for disposal systems and qualitative requirements to assure that these containment requirements will be met. The containment requirements would limit the amount of radioactivity that may enter the environment for 10,000 years after disposal. The assurance requirements provide seven principles necessary for developing confidence that these long-term containment requirements will be complied with. These principles call for well-designed, multiple-barrier disposal systems that would not rely upon future generations for maintenance and would not be located near potentially valuable resources. They also require that future generations be provided information about the location and dangers of the wastes and an option to recover the wastes if they need to. In addition, Subpart B contains procedural requirements to ensure that the containment requirements are properly applied.

Environmental impact statements; Radioactive contaminants; Radiation hazards; Standards; Risk; Radioactive waste disposal; Radioactive waste management; High-level radioactive wastes; Spent fuel storage; Health risks
Reference #:
A.82.21 B
EPA Office:
Office of Air and Radiation
Office Suboffice:
Office of Radiation Programs
Office Division:
No division specified
EPA Author:
Egan, Dan
Document Type:
Regulatory Impact Analysis
Economic Impact Assessment
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