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For Immediate Release June 28, 2001
Media Contact: Jim Giusti   (803) 725-2889

 

DOE Announces Plans For Offsite
Treatment & Disposal of SRS Waste

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Aiken, SC -- The Department of Energy (DOE) has published an Amended Record of Decision (ROD) to the Savannah River Site (SRS) Waste Management Environmental Impact Statement (DOE/EIS-0217). This ROD modifies earlier decisions concerning the treatment and disposal of low-level radioactive waste (LLW) and mixed hazardous and low-level radioactive waste (MLLW) at SRS. This modification brings the earlier decisions into conformity with DOE’s programmatic ROD for LLW and MLLW, and reflects regulatory and budgetary conditions at SRS. The Department has decided to undertake the following activities:

Continue onsite treatment and disposal of about 90 percent of SRS LLW, to the extent practicable, at existing facilities. Certain LLW streams for which onsite disposal is not practicable, about 10 percent, will be sent to a DOE regional disposal facility (i.e., either the Hanford Site or the Nevada Test Site) or, if not practicable and an exemption is granted, to an offsite commercial disposal facility, consistent with the facility’s waste acceptance criteria.

Continue onsite treatment of SRS mixed waste, about 20 percent, for which SRS has the capacity. Certain mixed waste, about 80 percent, for which onsite treatment capacity does not exist or is not cost effective will be treated at two of DOE’s four regional treatment facilities (i.e., either at the Hanford Site or the Oak Ridge Reservation) or, if an exemption is granted, at a commercial facility. All treated MLLW and residuals, 100 percent, from onsite or offsite treatment will be disposed of at a DOE regional disposal facility (i.e., either the Hanford Site or the Nevada Test Site) or, if not practicable and an exemption is granted, to an offsite commercial disposal facility, consistent with the facility’s waste acceptance criteria.

DOE will select other DOE facilities or commercial facilities based on the technical requirements and capabilities of the receiving facility and cost, as well as applicable DOE and other requirements.

For copies of the ROD, contact: Andrew R. Grainger, NEPA Compliance Officer, U. S. Department of Energy, Savannah River Operations Office, Building 742-A, Room 185, Aiken, SC 29808, or E-Mail your request to: nepa@srs.gov, or make your request by phone at: 1-800-881-7292.

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