Supplemental Treatment of Low-Activity Waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation – New Report June 8

A National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine study is reviewing an analysis by the Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) – selected by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Environmental Management – on approaches for supplemental treatment of low-activity waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.  The committee conducting the review will issue the first of four reports on June 8.

The congressionally mandated report reviews the technical quality and completeness of FFRDC’s early draft that includes the proposed risk assessment methodologies; the proposed methods for assessing expected costs, scheduling, and regulatory com­pliance; key information and data sources being used; and the proposed waste conditioning and sup­plemental treatment approaches.

Advance copies of Review of the Analysis of Supplemental Treatment Approaches of Low-Activity Waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation - Review 1 will be available to reporters only beginning at 2 p.m. EDT on Thursday, June 7.  The report is embargoed and not for public release before 2 p.m. EDT on Friday, June 8.  To obtain a copy, reporters should contact the Office of News and Public Information at tel. 202-334-2138 or email

The committee will hold its third public meeting for this ongoing study in Richland, Washington, on July 23 and 24.

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