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various routing scenarios. The major effort in FY 1985 will center on the development of high-level and remote handled

transuranic waste transportation systems.


(Chart 45)

The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, now under development

near Carlsbad, New Mexico, will provide a research and development

facility to demonstrate the safe disposal of radioactive waste fron national defense programs. WIPP 18 authorized by Public Law

96-164 and is exempt from licensing by the Nuclear Regulatory


The primary objectives of WIPP are to demonstrate, through a

full-scale pilot plant, the technical and operational methods for

permanent isolation of defense-generated tranburanic radioactive

waste and to provide a facility for experiments on the behavior of high-level waste in bedded salt. The facility is designed to receive, inspect, emplace, and store defense waste. It will have

the capability of disposing of defense transuranic waste and

conducting experiments with defense-generated high-level wastes.

The construction of permanent surface and underground facilities started in July 1983 following an extensive exploratory program. This exploratory program included two large diameter shafts and nining over 2 miles of drifts (tunnels) to confirm the subsurface geology. Construction completion is scheduled for December 1986. A test and checkout period will follow with waste receiving

operations targeted for October 1988.

Construction, which began in late-1983, will peak during FY 1984 and FY 1985. Enlarging the 6 foot diameter exploratory shaft to its final 19 foot diameter has started. Sinking the third shaft for facility ventilation has also started. Major contracts for constructing access roads, a rail spur, and a 31-mile water

The main waste handling building will

pipeline are in progress. be started in mid-1984.

with site characterization and site validation complete, Sandia

research and developaent activities vill enphasize in-situ


These experiments and demonstrations will establish

the technical basis for defense vaste disposal in bedded salt.

This work will be based on an extensive background of predictive model development and laboratory/field testing. Specific technology experiments will include:

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The experiments will be conducted in areas already ained during

the exploratory program and in areas now being ained.

Good relations with the State of New Mexico are inportant in continuing construction of WIPP. Issues of concern to the State are being actively negotiated within the frasework of the Consultation and cooperation Agreeneat.

One prinary State concern is the sission of WIPP. Our aission is lloited to the denonstration of transuranic vaste disposal and experirents with defease high-level waste. We are comitted to rezoving this high-level vaste upon coapletion of the experiaents or deconaissioning of the facility. This aission is consistent with Public Lav 96-164, Its Conference Report (House Report 96-702), and subsequent budget authorization legislation. We vant to reenphasize that the WIPP facility is not being designed for the peraanent disposal of high-level vaste, nor has the site bees characterized for such persanent disposal. Our site characterization progras vas directed toward the statutory aission of dexonstration of disposal of treasurasie vaste and the

high-level waste experiseats.

On Fedruary 10, 1984, the Secretary directed that negotiatioss

vith the State of Nev lexico continue so that a tizely agreesest

will be reached which defines the VIP? aission vithie the bounds

described above. When that agreement is complete, its content

will be included in testimony before the appropriate committees of


The Administration 18 supporting the WIPP Project with a request for $87.5 million. FY 1985 will be a peak year of construction at the WIPP site. The last of 3 shafts, a 6-nile rail spur, 15 miles of access roads, and a 31-nile water pipeline will be completed. The primary waste handling building, started in FY 1984, will be under construction and completed in FY 1986. Assuming project activities continue successfully, as they have in the past, WIPP will be ready to receive radioactive waste on schedule in

October 1988.

Byproducts and Beneficial Use

The objective of the byproducts and beneficial use program is to

identify and develop safe, beneficial, and cost-effective applications of radioisotopes and materials from the defense fuel cycle. Also included 18 the development of power, 11ght, heat, and electrical sources that are long-11ved, reliable, and secure for our national defense needs. DOE-funded projects will be completed or terminated with funding from prior years. Specifically, the prior year funds for completion of the City of

Albuquerque irradiator project will be made available to the City

of Albuquerque.

DOE commitments to provide continuing assistance

to the City of Albuquerque will be reassessed. The operation of the transportable irradiator will be turned over to users, such as the U.s. Department of Agriculture, or terminated. Research using

the Sandia irradiator and studies involving New Mexico State

University will be completed and final reports 18sued. The

shipping cask developed to economically transport cesium and strontium capsules from storage at Hanford will be available for lease. Pork and fruit pilot plant irradiators will be completed

with prior year funds and turned over to users for pilot operation.

with regard to prototype power generators using the defense waste

byproduct, strontium-90, fabrication of a high power 500 watt

radioisotope therroelectric generator (RTG) wf11 be completed is TY 1984. Is TT 1985 the RTG vill be fseled and carrei sver te DOD for denonstration such as in the energency shelter of the unnaiset

short-range radar station of the North Warning Syster. Is FT 1984 tritius infrared assault landing 11gbes were successfully used by the Joint Special Forces in the invasion of Gresada, and test and

evaluation by the Alaskas A1r Connand established acceptable pilot

Tuncay 113ht acquisition at distances of greater than 6 ailes for C-130, A-10, and KC-135 aircraft (Chart 46). 1. FY 1985 previous developaental work in radiolusi sescent 11ghting (Chart 47) vill be brought to conclusion, and future efforts turned over to the DOD, CIA, TAA, and the States of Alaska, Virginia, and Washingtoe.

This completes sy presentation.

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