NEW: NRC has reopened the comment period for the Part 61 rulemaking initiative. Comments are now due by September 21, 2015. Additional information can be found here.
On March 26, 2015, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) published a proposed rule to amend 10 CFR Parts 20 and 61, “Licensing Requirements for Land Disposal of Radioactive Waste,” in the Federal Register (80 Federal Register 16,081) for public comment. NRC also published a notice of availability of associated guidance, “Guidance for Conducting Technical Analyses for Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal,” for public comment in the Federal Register (80 Federal Register 15,930).
Comments for both the proposed rule and the conforming technical guidance documents can be read here.
For additional information, please see the LLW Forum’s News Flash titled, “Comment Period Opens re Proposed Changes to LLW Disposal Regulations.”
In early 2012, the Low-Level Radioactive Waste Forum (LLW Forum)—an organization that was established to facilitate state and compact implementation of the Low-Level Radioactive Waste Policy Act of 1980 and its 1985 Amendments (LLRWPAA) and to promote the objectives of low-level radioactive waste regional compacts—formed a Part 61 Working Group (P61WG) to provide input and comment on the NRC’s Part 61 rulemaking initiative. The P61WG includes representatives of all four sited states—South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Washington—plus the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
The P61WG developed a briefing paper on the Part 61 rulemaking initiative that may be downloaded and printed by clicking this link: P61WG Briefing Paper (PDF).
For additional information regarding the P61WG, please contact LLW Forum Executive Director Todd D. Lovinger at (754) 779-7551 or LLWForumInc@aol.com.