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Briefing Date:06/22/2001
Topic:Improving Operations and Long-Term Safety of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant: Final Report

THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
National Research Council
Division on Earth and Life Studies
Board on Radioactive Waste Management

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Congressional Briefings
Friday, June 22, 2001

on

Improving Operations and Long-Term Safety of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant:
Final Report

by

B. John Garrick, Garrick Consulting, Laguna Beach, California and Chair, Committee on the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, Division on Earth and Life Studies, National Research Council, The National Academies

Milton Levenson, Bechtel International, Inc. (retired), Menlo Park, California, and Member, Committee on the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, Division on Earth and Life Studies, National Research Council, The National Academies

This new report from the National Research Council of The National Academies identifies research that may better assess the long-term performance of this underground facility in New Mexico where low-level radioactive waste from the nation's nuclear weapons program is to be stored. The report also looks at ways to transport wastes more safely from their current storage locations to the plant.

Three briefings were held on June 22 for members of Congress and congressional staff only. The report was publicly released on June 26, 2001 and can be found, in its entirety, on the Web site of the National Academies Press.

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