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- Modification of Company Organization (May 3, 2013)
Report Evaluating Adequacy of Funding and Financial Assurances
The Utah Legislature stipulated by Utah Senate Bill 24, dated February 1, 2005 and signed February 25, 2005 that the Utah Solid and Hazardous Waste Control Board (USHWCB) and the Utah Radiation Control Board (URCB) prepare and submit a report evaluating adequacy of funding and financial assurances provided for the closure, post-closure, and perpetual care and maintenance of hazardous waste and radioactive waste treatment, storage, and disposal facilities. The law was amended in 2010.
For commercial radioactive waste management facilities, and commercial hazardous waste management facilities, UC 19-1-307 requires the Utah Radiation Control Board and the Solid and Hazardous Waste Control Board submit a report every five years.
This Evaluation of Closure, Post-Closure, and Perpetual Care and Maintenance of Hazardous Waste and Radioactive Waste Treatment, Storage, and Disposal Facilities, September 2011 has been prepared by URS Corporation, a contractor to the Utah Department of Environmental Quality, for the two boards named above. The two boards have reviewed and concurred with the results and conclusions expressed herein and have developed the recommendations stated herein upon their review of this report.
Class A Sealed Source Variance Approval
The Executive Secretary has approved EnergySolutions' Class A sealed Source variance request. Based on comments received during the 30 day public comment period, the draft approval letter was revised. The Public Participation Summary and the Approval letter are provided below.
Reviewing Public Comments on Amendment to Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal License
The Division of Radiation Control is reviewing public comment received on an initial decision by the Executive Secretary of the Utah Radiation Control Board to amend the EnergySolutions Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal License. The proposed amendment would expand the area where the storage of sealed sources used for calibrating and checking instruments used onsite is allowed. An explanation is included in the Statement of Basis.
All comments received within the comment period will be considered for inclusion in the final modified License.
Proposal to Receive Disused Sealed Radioactive Sources at Clive Facility
The Department of Energy and EnergySolutions briefed the Division of Radiation Control on a proposal to receive disused sealed radioactive sources at the Clive facility. The presentation was held on Thursday, August 18.
The national disused sealed radioactive source recovery program has been established by the National Nuclear Security Administration of the U.S. Department of Energy to address both national and international security concerns regarding sealed radioactive sources. The national recovery program is designed to reduce and protect against security threats involving radioactive sources by developing and enhancing opportunities for radioactive material licensees throughout the country to manage sealed radioactive sources that are no longer in use. Sealed radioactive sources are used in various applications including industrial, medical, institutional, research, etc. A national program to recover and manage these radioactive sources serves as a tangible benefit for the protection and safety of both licensees and national security.
- Global Threat Reduction Initiative (GTRI) (DOE), August 18, 2011
- Sealed Source Variance Request (EnergySolutions), August 18, 2011
The Radiation Control Board on February 8 approved final changes to a proposed amendment to Rule R313-25-8 Technical Analysis and it became final on April 4, 2011. Read more information on the rule.
The Division of Solid and Hazardous waste has approved a modification to the RCRA Part B Permit. The modification allows for the use of leachate for dust suppression in the Mixed Waste Landfill Cell.
For more information, contact Otis Willoughby.
The Utah Solid and Hazardous Waste Control Board has entered into a Stipulation and Consent Order (SCO) with EnergySolutions LLC to resolve Notice of Violation No. 1103022 issued on April 20, 2011.
All related documents are available for public review on the Division of Solid and Hazardous Waste Web site.
EnergySolutions has requested a Class 3 modification to its State-issued Part B Permit to revise the top of waste design and to expand its Mixed Waste Landfill Cell at the Clive facility. This Permit modification affects Attachment II-1-7, Closure Plan, Attachment II-9, Construction QA/QC Manual, Attachment II-11, Facility Drawings, Module V, Disposal in Landfills, and Module VI, Groundwater Monitoring.
EnergySolutions received Temporary Authorization to implement the revised top waste design and to begin building a Radon Barrier for Phase I of cover construction for a portion of the Mixed Waste Embankment.
EnergySolutions has requested a treatment variance to dispose of site generated waste contaminated with small amounts of Polychlorinated Biphenyls.
The Division of Radiation Control has revised the Generator Site Access (GSA) Permit Enforcement Policy and the Appendix A, Point Value Assessment Table, due to amendments in the U.S. Department of Transportation Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR). The changes to the GSA policy incorporate new HMR and/or modified State and federal regulations. Only those with Generator Site Access permits can ship waste to the facility.
- Review comments received during the recent comment period.
- Review the Generator Site Access Draft Overview.
For more information contact Jule Fausto.
A request to use leachate from the Mixed Waste Landfill Cell as dust suppressant on the cell has been approved.
EnergySolutions LLC submitted to the Division of Solid and Hazardous Waste (DSHW) a Class 2 modification (2011.01356) and a request for a Temporary Authorization (2011.01782) for its State-issued Part B Permit on June 9, 2011. EnergySolutions proposes to use leachate for dust suppression in the Mixed Waste Landfill Cell.
A 60-day public comment period was conducted by the facility from June 8, 2011 to August 10, 2011.
A public meeting was held on July 20, 2011 for the Class 2 modification and Temporary Authorization request. No comments were received.
This modification received approval on September 1, 2011. Approval of this modification request closes the approval of the Temporary Authorization Request (2011.01782).
For more information call Otis Willoughby at 801-536-0220.
The Division of Solid and Hazardous Waste has approved a Class 2 modification to EnergySolutions' State-issued Part B Permit to approve revisions of Attachment II-6, Contingency Plan. The revisions include updates to the plan exhibits and evacuation route. Changes include the addition of the SRS DU Storage Building and updates of equipment locations at the LLRW Operations building and Rotary Facility. It Division has also approved EnergySolutions' request for a Class 2 modification to add tank capacity for the storage of aqueous liquid wastes generated on-site. The modification adds up to three 10,000 gallon tanks to the facility. The modification affects Module IV of the permit as well as Attachments II-1-6, II-3, and IV-1. Finally, it approved a Class 1 modification to Attachment II-11, Facility Drawings. This modification approved the required annual updates for the facility.
- Class 2 Permit Modification Request 11-00335, Attachment II-6, Contingency Plan UTD982598898
- Class 2 Permit Modification Request 11-00242 Mixed Waste Liquid Storage Tanks UTD982598898
- Class 1 Permit Modification Request 11-00671 Facility Drawing Update UTD982598898
- Temporary Authorization Request 2011-01005 Annual Tank Condition Assessment UTD982598898
For more information, contact Otis Willoughby.
February 22, 2011
The Division of Solid and Hazardous Waste approved a class 2 modification (10.03651) for the State-issued Part B Permit.
EnergySolutions requested to remove several monitoring wells that were located within the footprint of the cover system for the Mixed Waste Landfill Cell. These wells have been replaced by wells in the proper locations. This request also added a definition for incidental liquids for incoming shipments and made changes in groundwater sampling frequencies in agreement with other areas of the permit.
For further information, contact Otis Willoughby.
A Class 2 modification (09.01112) for its State-issued RCRA Part B Permit was submitted to the Division of Solid and Hazardous Waste on March 30, 2009. EnergySolutions requested to be allowed to take the Vacuum Thermal Desorption unit from interim to permitted status. This request incorporated the testing results and operational experience that has been obtained since the unit was originally installed.
A 60-day public comment period and an information meeting for this request was held. No comments were received. This modification has been approved.
For further information, contact Otis Willoughby.
The Solid and Hazardous Waste Control Board has approved a request for a one-time, site-specific treatment variance for waste containing high-subcategory Mercury (D009 and U151). EnergySolutions requested that this waste stream be amalgamated (stabilized) and disposed in the Mixed Waste Landfill Cell.
This request was presented to, and approved by, the Utah Solid and Hazardous Waste Control Board on May 12, 2011. EnergySolutions is required to manage and dispose of this waste according its permit.
EnergySolutions has requested a temporary authorization to exceed RCRA Part B Permit Requirement 4K in Attachment II-3, Site Inspection Plan. This temporary authorization extends the annual tank assessment for two of the onsite liquid storage tanks and is necessary because water accumulation at the site is too great for the tanks to be emptied at this time. This has been approved.
It has also requested a temporary authorization to exceed RCRA Part B Permit Requirements V.D.6.a. and V.D.6.b in Module V, Disposal in Landfills. This temporary authorization is necessary to pinpoint the source of potential liner leaks. This is still under consideration.
For more information about these items, please contact Otis Willoughby.
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