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EIS-0026-SA-02: Supplement Analysis

Disposal of Polychlorinated Biphenyl-Commingled Transuranic Waste at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant

DOE proposes to dispose of up to 2,500 cubic meters (88,000 cubic feet) of PCB-commingled TRU waste at WIPP. Currently, PCB-commingled TRU waste with a concentration less than 50 parts per million (ppm) is authorized for disposal at WIPP if the waste otherwise meets WIPP’s Waste Acceptance Criteria. For purposes of this analysis, DOE assumes that all of its PCB- commingled wastes have PCB concentrations of 500 ppm or more. DOE proposes to characterize and, if necessary, repackage PCB-commingled TRU waste in storage at: INEEL, the Hanford Site4, ORR, RFETS, and SRS5 (as well as KAPL) for disposal at WIPP. DOE would then transport this waste to WIPP by truck or rail in U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)-certified Type B shipping containers. Activities at WIPP would involve unpacking the shipping containers and emplacing the waste in the repository.