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EIS-0026-SA-06: Supplement Analysis

 Transportation of Transuranic Waste in TRUPACT-III Containers, Carlsbad Field Office

This supplement analysis (SA) addresses a proposed action to transport some waste directly to WIPP using a new transportation container design called the Transuranic Package Transporter Model III (TRUPACT-III). TRU waste is waste that contains alpha particle-emitting radionuclides with atomic numbers greater than uranium (92) and half-lives greater than 20 years in concentrations greater than 100 nanocuries per gram of waste. TRU waste is categorized as either contact-handled (CH-TRU) or remote-handled (RH-TRU), based on the radiation level at the surface of the waste container. CH-TRU can be handled directly by trained workers. RH-TRU requires special handling and shielding to protect workers. The WIPP, located near Carlsbad, New Mexico, is the only facility permitted to dispose of the Department of Energy's (DOE's) TRU waste generated by defense activities.