Assessment of Radioactive Waste Management at Sandia National Laboratories New Mexico – December 2019

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December 2019

Assessment of Radioactive Waste Management at Sandia National Laboratories New Mexico 

This assessment is in response to the Deputy Secretary of Energy’s July 9, 2019, memorandum directing the Office of Enterprise Assessments (EA) to undertake a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)-wide assessment of the procedures and practices for packaging and shipping radioactive waste. The assessment activities focused on the waste management performance of the Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) management and operating (M&O) contractor, National Technology and Engineering Solutions of Sandia, LLC (NTESS), in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Waste management activities include characterizing, packaging, and shipping low-level waste (LLW) and mixed low-level waste (MLLW) for disposal. Because NTESS does not generate significant amounts of transuranic waste, management of this type of waste was not part of this assessment.