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By Kathleen A. Beil


This evaluation of management options for greater-than-Class C (GTCC) low-level radioactive waste was undertaken at the request of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. The Committee asked that OTA evaluate existing Federal and non-Federal options for GTCC waste storage and disposal. From its analysis, OTA was to develop an integrated management approach to protect public health and safety in the short- and longterm. The most significant finding of this study deals with the storage of GTCC waste. Since a disposal facility for GTCC waste will not be available for at least fifteen to twenty years, GTCC waste will have to remain in storage in the meantime. This period of extended storage could be extremely difficult for many GTCC material users and waste generators. OTA has developed a possible approach for addressing these problems. Other OTA documents covering radioactive waste issues are the reports, Mana~in ~ the Nation’s Commercial High-Level Radioactive Waste (1985), Transportation of Hazardous Materials, (1986), and a staff paper, Subseabed Disposal of High-Level Radioactive Waste, (1986). This Background Paper on GTCC waste was prepared as part of a broader study o

Year: 1988
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