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High-Level Nuclear Waste Redefined

High-Level Nuclear Waste Redefined

Full Title: High-Level Nuclear Waste Redefined
Author(s): James Conca
Publisher(s): American Nuclear Society
Publication Date: June 1, 2014
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Description (excerpt):

What is high-level nuclear waste? It depends upon where you look to find the language. Most statutes and discussions use a relic of the old source-based HLW definition established by the Atomic Energy Commission over 40 years ago which introduces confusion when applying more recent legislation. For example, under current policy, wastes emanating from the reprocessing of irradiated and/or spent nuclear fuel are presumed to be HLW unless formally demonstrated to not be HLW using either:

• Section 3116 of the Ronald W. Reagan National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005 (NDAA)

• One of the DOE Order 435.1 Waste Incidental to Reprocessing (WIR) processes (evaluation or citation)

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