Sandia National Laboratories
Exceptional service in the national interest
In 2006, following years of study at the Yucca Mountain Project (YMP), Sandia was selected by the Department of Energy Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management (OCRWM) as the Lead Laboratory for Repository Systems (or Lead Lab) for the management and integration of all Yucca Mountain scientific programs. Sandia was selected to integrate the work from multiple national laboratories, universities and private sector firms that constituted the technical basis for the postclosure safety analysis report in the YM License Application; increase its technical credibility with the scientific community, as well as with the regulators and stakeholders; and to develop and defend the aforementioned SAR during the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC’s) licensing process.
As the Lead Laboratory, Sandia was responsible for:
The overarching objective of the Lead Laboratory was to provide the OCRWM a post-closure safety analysis and a licensing technical basis that was:
All activities of the Lead Laboratory were conducted in accordance with the fundamental principles of a nuclear safety culture, consistent with the expectations of OCRWM, DOE, and NRC. These skills still reside at Sandia and are being passed down through our robust Knowledge Management Program.
As the Lead Laboratory, Sandia provided:
Sandia provided management and integration of:
In performing these roles and responsibilities, Sandia worked closely with the Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management to ensure achievement of programmatic technical objectives and with the Office of the General Counsel and its licensing support contractor to ensure a sound scientific and technical basis for the defense of the License Application and any related litigation.