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Briefing Date:01/12/2004
Topic:Improving the Characterization Program for Contact-Handled Transuranic Waste Bound for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant

THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
National Research Council
Division on Earth and Life Studies
Board on Radioactive Waste Management
Committee on Optimizing the Characterization and Transportation of Transuranic Waste
Destined for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant

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Congressional Briefings
Monday, January 12, 2004
230 Hart Senate Office Bldg. -- 2:00 p.m.
1408 Longworth House Office Bldg. -- 3:00 p.m.
and
364 Dirksen Senate Office Bldg. -- 4:00 p.m.

on

Improving the Characterization Program for Contact-Handled Transuranic Waste
Bound for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant

The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, an underground repository near Carlsbad, N.M., receives tools, clothing, and other debris contaminated with plutonium from U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) nuclear-weapons production sites. This new National Academies' report advises DoE on how to safely ensure that the waste meets the criteria for disposal at the plant.

These series of briefings were for members of Congress and congressional staff only. The report was publicly released on January 15, 2004 and can be found, in its entirety, on the Web site of the National Academies Press.

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