NRC staff to prepare supplement for Yucca Mountain nuclear waste storage site

 NRC staff to prepare supplement for Yucca Mountain nuclear waste storage site

The staff of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) said it will prepare a supplement to the Department of Energy’s environmental impact statement (EIS) on the proposed Nevada spent nuclear fuel and radioactive waste storage site.

The staff explains in the Federal Register that the EIS does not adequately address all of the repository-related effects on groundwater at Yucca Mountain, or from surface discharges of groundwater. In 2013, NRC asked DOE to prepare the supplement, but DOE opted to update its analysis of potential groundwater impacts after closure of the repository at the site. In February, the Commission directed the NRC staff to prepare the supplement. The staff will use the DOE analysis in preparing the statement.

The supplement will describe a key aquifer at the Yucca Mountain site and look at the potential for contaminants to reach it. It will analyze the degree of potential contamination and how water and contaminants could move, along with how soil, surface materials and the surrounding environment might be impacted by contaminated groundwater.

NRC staff expects to issue a draft supplement for public comment in late summer.

Subscribe to Nuclear Power International magazine

Did You Like this Article? Get All the Energy Industry News Delivered to Your Inbox

Subscribe to an email newsletter today at no cost and receive the latest news and information.

 Subscribe Now

Whitepapers

The Time is Right for Optimum Reliability: Capital-Intensive Industries and Asset Performance Management

Imagine a plant that is no longer at risk of a random shutdown. Imagine not worrying about losing...

Going Digital: The New Normal in Oil & Gas

In this whitepaper you will learn how Keystone Engineering, ONGC, and Saipem are using software t...

Maximizing Operational Excellence

In a recent survey conducted by PennEnergy Research, 70% of surveyed energy industry professional...

Leveraging the Power of Information in the Energy Industry

Information Governance is about more than compliance. It’s about using your information to drive ...