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NRC to Conduct Very Low-Level Radioactive Waste Study

The NRC is conducting a very low-level radioactive waste (VLLW) scoping study to identify possible options to improve the NRC’s regulatory framework for anticipated disposal of VLLW that will occur due to the decommissioning of nuclear power reactors, as well as VLLW waste that may be generated due to operation of reprocessing facilities or radiological events. The VLLW scoping study will perform several tasks, including: (1) coordinating with other agencies on consistency in regulating radioactive waste, (2) developing guidance that summarizes disposition options for low-end materials and waste and (3) promulgating a rule for disposal of VLLW. The NRC is seeking comments on the VLLW scoping study from a broad range of stakeholders, including licensees and members of the public. Comments must be submitted by May 15, 2018. Additionally, a public meeting will be held to discuss this issue on February 22, 2018.

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