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DOE wants your opinion on the closure of a tank at SRS

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The Department of Energy (DOE) Savannah River Operations Office (SR) is seeking public comment on the Draft Basis for Section 3116 Determination for Closure of H-Tank Farm at the Savannah River Site (Draft HTF Section 3116 Basis Document).

The Draft HTF Section 3116 Basis Document concerns tanks, ancillary structures and residual wastes at the H-Tank Farm (HTF), a 45-acre area containing 29 underground radioactive waste tanks at DOE's Savannah River Site (SRS) near Aiken, South Carolina.  The tanks store waste from, in part, the reprocessing of used nuclear fuel.  DOE is in the process of cleaning, grouting the tanks and applicable ancillary structures and closing HTF.

Under Section 3116 of the Ronald W. Reagan National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005, the Secretary of Energy, in consultation with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), may determine whether certain wastes from the reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel meet the criteria in Section 3116 and are not high level waste.  The Draft HTF Section 3116 Basis Document demonstrates that the Section 3116 criteria are satisfied for the cleaned and grouted tanks, ancillary structures, and residuals at the time of planned HTF closure.

DOE will consult with the NRC and consider public comments before the Secretary makes a determination under Section 3116.  DOE must obtain approvals from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control and meet other requirements to close HTF.

The public comment period on the Draft HTF 3116 Basis Document extends through May 1, 2013.  The Department will hold one or more public meetings on this draft HTF Section 3116 Basis document; dates and locations will be published soon.

The Draft HTF Section 3116 Basis Document is available on the DOE-SR website, under F and H Tank Farm Closure Documents, at http://sro.srs.gov/f_htankfarmsdocuments.htm.

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