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1 Presented to: National Radiological Emergency Preparedness Conference Presented by: Corinne Macaluso, Transportation Specialist Office of National Transportation April 12, 2005 Harrisburg, PA Office of National Transportation Update

2 2 Introduction  Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management Program Mission  Overview of Office of National Transportation (ONT) Program – Status and progress of the four ONT project areas  Institutional  Operations Planning  Fleet Acquisition  Nevada Rail  Key Programmatic Interfaces  Stakeholder Interactions  Planned Activities

3 3 Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management  Program Mission: The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management (OCRWM) overall mission is to manage and dispose of spent nuclear fuel (SNF) and high-level radioactive waste (HLW) in a manner that: –protects the public’s health and safety and the environment; –enhances national and energy security; and –merits public confidence

4 4 Office of National Transportation  The transportation mission--to develop a safe, secure, and efficient transportation system that is operated in a way that ensures public confidence-will be guided by three principles: –Conduct an open and collaborative planning process with interested parties –Develop a safe and secure transportation system and related infrastructure that is based on that planning –Complete transportation system validation in time to begin operations

5 5 Key Programmatic Interfaces Transportation Fleet Acquisition Cask Fleet Rolling Stock Support Facilities Operations Planning Nevada RailInstitutional Disposal Allocations Waste Specifications Waste Acceptance Roles and Responsibilities Waste Acceptance Standard Contract Waste Generators (Utilities/DOE) Facility Interfaces Site Limitations Service Needs Mode Preference Waste Data Schedules Repository Cask Receiving Fuel and Canister Handling Cask System Envelopes Handling Interfaces Operating Requirements Vehicle Interfaces Fleet Management Facility (FMF) Interfacing Operating Requirements Handling Interfaces Canister Interfaces Contents Descriptions FMF Interfacing Stakeholder Interactions States and Tribes Emergency Responders Special Interest Groups Transportation Industry Utilities Other Federal Agencies Local Governments Other Interested Parties

6 6 Transportation Program Management Transportation Fleet Acquisition Cask Fleet Rolling Stock Support Facilities Operations Planning Nevada RailInstitutional The Work Breakdown Structure has been established and approved. Project management tools have been instituted to track cost and schedule progress. The Organizational Structure for ONT has been formally approved. Initial efforts to define the work scope for the four project areas have been completed. Integration with other OCRWM elements has expanded.

7 7 Institutional Project Progress Transportation Fleet Acquisition Cask Fleet Rolling Stock Support Facilities Operations Planning Nevada RailInstitutional Awarded cooperative agreements to the four State Regional Groups (SRGs). Agreed on special projects to be pursued by the SRGs. Kicked off the two new Transportation External Coordination (TEC) Topic Groups following the April 2004 meeting – Security and 180(c). Refocused Rail Topic Group to address routing issues for all modes. Internal planning efforts have integrated Operational and Institutional Projects on cross-cutting issues such as routing criteria and emergency response planning.

8 8 Operations Planning Project Progress Transportation Fleet Acquisition Cask Fleet Rolling Stock Support Facilities Operations Planning Nevada RailInstitutional Collaboration started with the Office of Security and Safety Performance Assurance on the Secretary’s Security for the 21 st Century Initiative. Work is well underway on the first draft of the Concept of Operations. Hard data is being acquired to obtain Burn-Up Credit. Work continues on an optimization model for transportation operations. Provided support for transportation modeling tools including RADTRAN and TRAGIS. Collaboration with our international partners on transportation sabotage studies continues to be productive.

9 9 Fleet Acquisition Project Progress Transportation Fleet Acquisition Cask Fleet Rolling Stock Support Facilities Operations Planning Nevada RailInstitutional Meetings were held with the cask vendors; their reports on current cask capabilities have been submitted. Meetings with the rail car manufacturing industry representatives were held to solicit their views on how to proceed with eventual rail car design, manufacture, and testing. Senior management has formally approved the first stage of the transportation team’s project proposals. A preliminary assessment of capabilities for the Fleet Management Facility has been completed.

10 10 Nevada Rail Project Progress Transportation Fleet Acquisition Cask Fleet Rolling Stock Support Facilities Operations Planning Nevada RailInstitutional The Nevada Rail Alignment EIS was initiated. All subcontracts to perform data collection for the EIS have been issued. The rail alignment conceptual design team has been brought on- board. Dialogue was initiated with Tribal governments, land owners, and potential users along the proposed rail corridor.

11 11 Interface with Waste Generators Disposal Allocations Waste Specifications Waste Acceptance Roles and Responsibilities Waste Acceptance Standard Contract Waste Generators (Utilities/DOE) Facility Interfaces Site Limitations Service Needs Mode Preference Waste Data Schedules Transportation Fleet Acquisition Cask Fleet Rolling Stock Support Facilities Operations Planning Nevada RailInstitutional Facility Interface Data Sheets (FIDS) were provided to 119 facilities in March 2004 Preliminary FIDS responses point out a number of facility infrastructure limits that will influence cask selection and transportation planning Crane lifting capacity will be a primary factor in determining the type of shipping cask a facility can utilize About 40 reactor sites are currently anticipated to have a crane capacity of 120 tons or less

12 12 Interface with Waste Generators (continued) Disposal Allocations Waste Specifications Waste Acceptance Roles and Responsibilities Waste Acceptance Standard Contract Waste Generators (Utilities/DOE) Facility Interfaces Site Limitations Service Needs Mode Preference Waste Data Schedules Transportation Fleet Acquisition Cask Fleet Rolling Stock Support Facilities Operations Planning Nevada RailInstitutional Data on shipping facility capabilities was requested in March Eighty-nine out of 119 facilities have sent responses. The data updates include: Rated design load lift capacity of cranes Access and dimensions of cask receiving areas Dimensions and floor loading limits of cask loading and processing areas

13 13 Repository Cask Receiving Fuel and Canister Handling Cask System Envelopes Handling Interfaces Operating Requirements Vehicle Interfaces Fleet Management Facility (FMF) Interfacing Operating Requirements Handling Interfaces Canister Interfaces Contents Descriptions FMF Interfacing Transportation Fleet Acquisition Cask Fleet Rolling Stock Support Facilities Operations Planning Nevada RailInstitutional Integration meetings with the Office of Repository Development (ORD) have helped establish an approach to common cask procurements. Meetings with the ORD surface design team have helped prioritize transportation infrastructure development efforts. Collaboration with the ORD and local counties on communications infrastructure began. Continued collaboration with the ORD surface design team will be required as funding and shipper issues are identified. Interface with Repository

14 14 ONT Strategic Plan  Published in November 2003, the Strategic Plan for the Safe Transportation of Spent Nuclear Fuel and High-Level Radioactive Waste to Yucca Mountain: A Guide to Stakeholder Interactions, provides the framework for collaborative development of the transportation system.  The Institutional Project will be the principal point-of-contact between stakeholders and ONT for implementing the collaborative process.

15 15 Stakeholder Interactions: National and Regional Planning Activities  OCRWM will maintain a national and regional planning effort to exchange information and develop transportation system plans with national organizations and groups including: –TEC Working Group –Native American Tribal Governments –National Conference of State Legislatures –Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance –State Regional Groups (SRGs) –Other groups as appropriate

16 16 National Planning Activities  Future Operational readiness efforts will include: –Developing transportation shipping campaign plans –Conducting emergency and communications exercises –Initiating public information programs along transportation routes –Participating in readiness reviews and road tests

17 17 Transportation External Coordination (TEC) Working Group  OCRWM co-chairs the TEC with the DOE’s Environmental Management Program.  TEC provides an opportunity for broad-based input and information exchange from organizations representing: –Utility and transportation industries –State, Tribal, and local governments –Police, fire, and emergency management professional organizations –Labor unions

18 18 TEC Topic Groups  TEC convenes subject-specific topic groups to allow participants to focus on key issues.  Four currently active topic groups: –Tribal – to advocate and engage tribal organizations and individual Tribes in transportation planning and discussion of issues important to Tribal officials. –180(c) –to develop policy for Section 180 (c) grant implementation for states and tribes to help ensure safe routine transportation as well as plan for emergencies. –Rail/Routing –to develop and identify routing criteria. –Security –to engage state, tribal, industry and other federal representatives in developing security plans.

19 19 Collaboration with Native American Tribal Governments  OCRWM will interact with federally recognized Tribes on a government-to-government basis consistent with the DOE’s American Indian and Alaska Native Tribal Government Policy.  OCRWM has identified forty Tribes with lands along representative routes to Yucca Mountain, as identified in the Yucca Mountain EIS.  OCRWM will extend an offer to meet with Tribal leaders individually to discuss the transportation program. –OCRWM will explore Tribal preferences for collaboration to resolve issues and to develop mechanisms for working relationships and public awareness. –OCRWM will work with Tribal members as plans are developed for routing, security, public information, and financial and technical assistance. –OCRWM will follow the EPA model and regionalize and leverage existing relationships built by DOE through the Transportation Emergency Preparedness Program.

20 20 National Conference of State Legislatures  OCRWM has entered into a cooperative agreement with the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) to facilitate communication about civilian radioactive waste management.  OCRWM’s relationship with NCSL spans two decades.  NCSL engages state legislators who have committee responsibilities for transportation.  NCSL produces materials for legislators to use to inform their colleagues and constituents.

21 21 Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance  The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), an association of state, provincial, and federal officials responsible for enforcement of motor carrier safety laws in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, has developed inspection protocols for Highway Route Controlled Quantities of Radioactive Materials. –Under a cooperative agreement with DOE, developed uniform inspection standards for drivers and vehicles transporting SNF and HLW. –Will be evaluating implementation of inspection policies for SNF and HLW through a peer review group. –Provides information about spent fuel transportation safety and oversight activities to state officials.

22 22 Regional Planning Approach  States and Tribes have responsibility for public health and safety, environmental protection, regulation of hazardous materials, and for communicating with the public in their jurisdictions.  ONT will implement its detailed planning activities through a regional process anchored by four SRGs: –Council of State Governments’ (CSG) Northeast High-Level Radioactive Waste Transportation Task Force –CSG’s Midwestern Radioactive Materials Transportation Committee –Southern States Energy Board’s Radioactive Materials Transportation Committee –Western Interstate Energy Board’s High-Level Waste Committee

23 23 SRGs, Reservations, and Reactor/DOE Site Locations

24 24 FY 2005 Planned Activities  Focus on completing draft Nevada Rail Alignment Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)  Initiate first steps in acquisition of casks by developing conceptual designs and ascertaining needed Certificate of Compliance (CoC) changes  Begin conceptual design work for rail cars  Announce decisions that will enable more detailed operational planning discussions  Initiate engagement with Native American tribes  Continue working with SRGs and other stakeholders through the TEC Working Group regarding route selection criteria, 180(c) policy development, and security planning

25 25 Conclusions  The path toward developing a safe, secure, efficient transportation system of shipments of SNF and HLW to the Yucca Mountain repository will require the participation of many interested parties.  Although the process is just beginning, the collaborative approach we have established will provide the framework for addressing stakeholder priorities and ensuring coordination among all of the parties.


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