[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 25 (Thursday, February 6, 2014)]
[Page 7226]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-02432]




    Board meeting: March 19, 2014--The U.S. Nuclear Waste Technical 
Review Board will meet to discuss DOE R&D activities related to salt as 
a geologic medium for disposal of SNF and HLW.
    Pursuant to its authority under section 5051 of Public Law 100-203, 
Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 1987, the U.S. Nuclear Waste 
Technical Review Board will hold a public meeting in Albuquerque, NM, 
on Wednesday, March 19, 2014. The main topic of the meeting is the 
Department of Energy (DOE) research and development (R&D) activities 
related to salt as a geologic medium for the disposal of spent nuclear 
fuel (SNF) and high-level radioactive waste (HLW). Speakers from the 
DOE Office of Nuclear Energy will present work on a range of studies, 
including performance assessment modeling of a generic salt disposal 
system for SNF and HLW, coupled models for thermal-hydrological-
chemical and thermal-hydrological-mechanical processes in a salt 
repository, and brine migration experimental studies for salt 
repositories. The Board also will hear a presentation on DOE activities 
related to resumption of NRC work on the Yucca Mountain License 
Application. In addition, a speaker from the DOE Office of 
Environmental Management will describe lessons learned from managing 
remote-handled radioactive wastes at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in 
Carlsbad, NM.
    The meeting will begin at 8:00 a.m. and will be held at the 
Marriott Hotel, 2101 Louisiana Blvd. NE., Albuquerque, New Mexico; Tel. 
505-881-6800, Fax 505-888-2982. A block of rooms has been reserved at 
the hotel for meeting attendees. Reservations can be made by calling 
800 228-9290 or through the online reservations link on the Board's Web 
site calendar page (http://www.nwtrb.gov/calendar/calendar.html). 
Reservations must be made by Sunday, March 2, 2014, to ensure receiving 
the meeting rate.
    A detailed agenda will be available on the Board's Web site at 
www.nwtrb.gov approximately one week before the meeting. The meeting 
will be open to the public, and opportunities for public comment will 
be provided at the end of the day. Those wanting to speak are 
encouraged to sign the ``Public Comment Register'' at the check-in 
table. A time limit may need to be set for individual remarks, but 
written comments of any length may be submitted for the record. 
Transcripts of the meeting will be available on the Board's Web site 
after April 21, 2014.
    The Board was established in the 1987 amendments to the Nuclear 
Waste Policy (NWPA) as an independent agency in the Executive branch to 
perform an ongoing objective evaluation of the technical validity of 
activities undertaken by the U.S. Department of Energy related to 
implementing the NWPA. Board members are experts in their fields and 
are appointed by the President from a list of candidates submitted by 
the National Academy of Sciences. The Board is required to report its 
findings, conclusions, and recommendations to Congress and the 
Secretary of Energy. Board reports, correspondence, congressional 
testimony, and meeting transcripts and materials are posted on the 
Board's Web site.
    For information on the meeting, contact Karyn Severson at 
severson@nwtrb.gov or Roberto Pabalan at pabalan@nwtrb.gov. For 
information on lodging or logistics, contact Linda Coultry at 
coultry@nwtrb.gov. They all can be reached by phone at 703-235-4473.

    Dated: January 31, 2014.
Nigel Mote,
Executive Director, U.S. Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board.
[FR Doc. 2014-02432 Filed 2-5-14; 8:45 am]