RECENT PROJECTS

DOE Order 435.1.

Training.  Remediated Nitrate Salts.  Difficult Waste.  Packaging.  We're the experts.

 

Transportation of Radioactive Materials

Aspen is currently providing support to Sandia National Laboratories in Technical Support for Transportation of Radioactive Material in accordance with NRC and DOT regulations. This ongoing program includes highly specialized expertise in packaging and transportation of nuclear materials and waste since 2010. Aspen has provided support to programmatic quality assurance (QA) (including interface with potential collaborators for air transport and mixed mode packages, review facility requirements for loading and unloading the package, determine interface issues with package handling and transport within the facility); specialized testing (e.g., drop tests; test support, procedure preparation, data acquisition, and monitoring); MOX packaging and transportation support; special casks and containers; risk and safety assessment in transportation (analyze safety, risk, safeguards and security for storage and transportation of radioactive and mixed wastes, spent nuclear fuel, and high-level radioactive waste from various generating facilities to disposal facilities); and regulatory compliance advice (e.g., review & comparison of NAP-24 and 10CFR, Part 71).

 

Aspen experts analyze safety, risk, safeguards and security for storage and transportation of radioactive and mixed wastes, spent nuclear fuel, and high-level radioactive waste from various generating facilities to disposal facilities. Aspen’s highly qualified and cleared personnel have consistently performed with high degrees of effectiveness and within schedule and budget. 

 

Aspen provides ongoing support to DOE HQ Environmental Management (Environmental Compliance) with the up-date and implementation of DOE Order 435.1, Radioactive Waste Management; and with the management of the Low-Level Waste Disposal Facility Federal Review Group (LFRG). Technical and compliance expertise is provided to address programmatic policy and requirements across all DOE radioactive waste disposal sites.

 

Aspen’s support to EM-11 on the DOE Order 435.1 Radioactive Waste Management program includes development of requirements, guidance, technical bases, technical standards, and training course material to ensure that DOE radioactive waste is managed in a manner that is protective of workers, public health and safety, and the environment, and in compliance with external regulations (RCRA, CERLCA, etc.).  By supporting comment resolution during the RevCom process and revisions to the Order, guide, technical basis, and technical standards for final distribution, Aspen is integrally involved with policy and the determination of fundamental site-wide radioactive waste management requirements within the DOE and other regulatory bodies (NRC, EPA, IAEA).    

 

Aspen is currently providing Complex-wide training of the current Order (O 435.1) and will also provide training on the revised Order (O 435.1A) once issued.

 

Aspen actively supports the Low-Level Waste Disposal Facility Federal Review Group (LFRG) in several areas:  (1) providing technical expertise associated with the disposal of low-level waste, mixed low-level waste, transuranic waste, and high-level waste; (2) supporting the review of site specific performance assessments and composite analyses; (3) providing knowledge and expertise of national and international regulations relating to disposal of radionuclides; (4) supporting the development of or revisions to documents that guide LFRG activities; (5) assisting in resolving complex disposal issues at a site (e.g., insitu closure of reactor buildings) or at the complex level; and (6) drafting selected waste management position papers. 

DOE Order 435.1 Revision and Training