In the July 2013 Supplement, which contains the abstracts of papers to be presented at the 58th Annual Meeting of the Health Physics Society in Madison, WI, the following abstract was listed erroneously as being canceled. The paper will be presented on the day and time and at the location listed below:
SPECIAL SESSION: LICENSING & REGULATORY ISSUES DEALING WITH A LOW-LEVEL WASTE DISPOSAL FACILITY
Wednesday, 10 July 2013
2:30 pm – 5:30 pm
REGULATORY AFFAIRS UPDATE FOR THE WCS LOW-LEVEL RADIOACTIVE WASTE DISPOSAL FACILITIES. Kirk, S. (Waste Control Specialists LCC)
On 27 April 2012, Waste Control Specialists LLC (WCS) received its first shipment of low-level radioactive waste (LLW) for disposal in the Texas Compact Waste Disposal Facility (CWF) located in Andrews County, TX. Since then, WCS has disposed of over 80 shipments of Class A, B, and C LLW placed in Modular Concrete Canisters (MCCs) in the CWF. The dose rates measured at the surfaces of the waste packages ranged from 0.01 mSv h-1 (1 mrem h-1) to over 100 Sv h-1 (10,000 Rem h-1), while the highest occupational radiation dose during these work evolutions was less than 0.50 mSv (50 mrem). The generators of these commercial waste streams were located both within and outside of the Texas Compact. The generators of these waste streams included commercial nuclear power plants as well as industrial, medical, and research facilities. The Texas legislature has approved importation of waste generated outside of the Texas Compact for disposal at WCS. The actions taken by the Texas Legislature served to alleviate major challenges facing the nation since the disposal facility located in Barnwell, SC, prohibited access to all waste generators except those located in the Atlantic Interstate Low-Level Radioactive Waste Management Compact. Over the past several months, WCS has made great strides in gaining additional legislative and regulatory approvals to improve operational efficiencies and/or enhance radiation safety practices. These changes includes amendments to WCS’s radioactive materials, including receipt of waste by rail, above-grade inventory limits for Special Nuclear Materials, disposal of bulk waste, a broad-based regulatory framework for exempting certain radioactive material (similar to those approved under 10 CFR 20.2002), and work practices implemented to offload and dispose of irradiated hardware. This presentation will address major projects underway and the recent amendments to WCS’s radioactive material licenses, as well as provide a status report on legislation currently under consideration by the Texas Legislature.
Fifty-Eighth Annual Meeting of the Health Physics Society: 7 July - 11 July 2013 Madison, Wisconsin. Health Phys 105 (1): S82.