April 2020

Assessment of Transuranic Waste Management at the Los Alamos National Laboratory

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 performance of processes to characterize, package, and ship transuranic (TRU) waste, as implemented at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) by DOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) management and operating contractor, Triad National Security, LLC (Triad); the DOE Office of Environmental Management (EM) legacy waste contractor, Newport News Nuclear BWXT-Los Alamos, LLC (N3B); and the transuranic (TRU) waste characterization contractor, Nuclear Waste Partnership, LLC (NWP), which is the management and operating contractor for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).