Remote-handled Waste Disposition Project
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has approximately 322 cubic meters (979 containers), of remote-handled (RH) waste stored at the Materials and Fuels Complex (MFC) and the Idaho Nuclear Technology and Engineering Center (INTEC) on the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site. These RH wastes require further processing before being disposed. A portion of this RH waste is RH transuranic (TRU). The DOE must take action to comply with the Idaho Settlement Agreement and Consent Order (Idaho 1995) mandating that INL TRU waste be shipped out of Idaho by a target date of December 31, 2015, and no later than December 31, 2018. The DOE is also required to comply with the INL Site Treatment Plan Consent Order (DOE-ID 1995), which defines firm and enforceable actions (near-term milestones) to meet the legal and regulatory storage prohibitions and treatment requirements of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) (42 USC § 6901), the Hazardous Waste Management Act (HWMA) (Idaho Code § 39-4401), and Federal Facility Compliance Act of 1992 (Public Law 102-386).