Society News Archive

27 March 2015
NRC Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Changes to Regulations on Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to amend its regulations that govern low-level radioactive waste (LLRW) disposal facilities to require new and revised site-specific technical analyses and to permit the development of criteria for LLRW acceptance based on the results of these analyses.

These amendments would ensure that LLRW streams that are significantly different from those considered during the development of the current regulations (i.e., depleted uranium and other unanalyzed waste streams) can be disposed of safely and meet the performance objectives for land disposal of LLRW.

Comments will be accepted until 24 July 2015. The changes may be viewed and comments submitted on the federal government's rulemaking website,, using Docket ID NRC-2011-0012.

The NRC has issued a press release summarizing the proposed changes.