WMS Journal Volume 2, Issue 2
This issue of the WMS Journal focuses on the difficult task of siting facilities for the management of radioactive wastes. This issue contains several excellent papers on this topic presented at WM2016.
During 2016, work continued on repository siting and development in Sweden, Finland, France, Canada and elsewhere. There were major developments in Australia and the United States.
In Australia, the Government continued its work to site and develop a national low-level waste repository. This work has been focused on a site in South Australia.
In parallel with this work, the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission published its final report. Included in its recommendation was favorable consideration of the development of an international repository for the disposal of spent fuel and high-level waste. The Royal Commission’s final report can be found here and the position of the South Australian government on this report can be found here. In addition, a synopsis of the current situation is included in this issue of the Journal.
In November of 2016, WMS’ Australian affiliate hosted an international conference to address the topic of developing an international repository. The rapporteur’s report of this conference can be found here.
In the United States, 2016 saw four significant developments in waste facility siting. The first was the submission of a license application by Waste Control Specialists (WCS), for the development of a spent fuel storage facility in West Texas. The second was an announcement of the development of a competing spent fuel storage facility in South East New Mexico. The third development was work done by the Department of Energy related to consent-based siting of waste management facilities. The DOE report can be found here. The fourth was the solicitation by the DOE in December for public comments in on a defense-waste (SNF and HLW) repository only by 20 March 2017. The report can be found here.
With the government transition in the United States, it has been suggested that Congress reauthorize work on Yucca Mountain. In parallel, a bill was introduced in Congress that would require consent by the host State before the Government could establish a waste facility, a move interpreted as being designed to ensure that Yucca Mountain development does not proceed unless the views of the State of Nevada change.
The next issue of the Journal (Vol. 2, No. 3) will present works by students and academics in the area of radioactive waste management. Submissions are invited. Instructions for submitting papers can be found at www.wmsjournal.org.
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As always, I’d like to thank the WMS Board of Directors for their support, our two editors – Leif Eriksson and Harry Babad, and the WMS staff led by Melanie Ravalin. The Journal could not be published without their support.
I welcome your feedback, suggestions, criticisms and comments.
James W Voss, EurIng, FNucI, CEng
WMS Australia Foundation