- technical input for licensing and compliance strategy
- independent review of performance and safety assessment methodologies and results
- evaluation of technical basis for regulatory compliance
- participation on scientific panels for reviewing disposal, licensing, and compliance issues
INTERA’s waste isolation experts bring distinguished careers and experience in meeting the licensing and regulatory requirements governing the disposal of radioactive and hazardous wastes. In the late 1970s, we worked with both the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (USNRC) and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) to develop some of the early radioactive waste disposal regulations and standards. In the 1980s, we helped define PA methodology needs and supported the USDOE in developing documents to address regulatory requirements for waste disposal. During the 1990s, INTERA personnel supported the development of USNRC’s PA methodology and led the first USNRC PA for disposal of large amounts of depleted uranium in the near-surface. Throughout the late 1990s and 2000s, our experts led the Electric Power Research Institute’s (EPRI) program to evaluate the basis for regulatory compliance of the USDOE’s proposed HLW repository at Yucca Mountain. This included revising the generic USNRC and EPA regulations (40 CFR 191 and 10 CFR 60) to the Yucca Mountain specific regulations (40 CFR 197 and 10 CFR 63). This experience, and much more gained from work on international radioactive waste disposal programs, enables us to help develop successful compliance strategies and provide independent review of the technical analyses needed to meet USNRC, USEPA, and international standards and regulations. Furthermore, our experience working directly for implementing organizations, including national agencies and commercial industry, regulators, and organizations responsible for independent oversight provides us with a broad-based perspective on disposal facility licensing and compliance.