Title

Cost-Benefit Analysis of Performing TRU Waste Characterization at a Small Quantity Consolidation Site Compared to Performing Characterization at the Waste Generation Site

Date of Award

8-19-2008

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Environmental Policy & Mgmt

Degree Name

Master of Applied Science

Department

Environmental Policy & Mgmt

Advisor

Leonard Pasquini

Keywords

characterization; cost-benefit analysis; Department of Energy; disposal; nuclear waste; small quantity site; transuranic; TRU; waste generation site

Abstract

Disposal of this nation's nuclear waste has been a political hot-button issue for decades. Even though disposal of commercial nuclear waste continues to be of great concern, the United States government has initiated successful clean-up efforts regarding nuclear waste created as a result of national defense activities. In an effort to expedite defense clean-up efforts across this country, the United States Department of Energy has developed a range of plans for cleanup acceleration. One such plan is to consolidate the nuclear waste from small quantity waste generator facilities to a facility that is deemed a large quantity site. The following is an analysis of costs relative to the waste consolidation plan for use in the Department of Energy's decision

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