[Federal Register: December 18, 1998 (Volume 63, Number 243)]
[Page 70170]
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Board Meeting: January 26-27, 1999--Las Vegas, Nevada: Department 
of Energy's (DOE) Viability Assessment of a Repository at Yucca 
Mountain, and Other Issues Related to the Disposal of High Level Waste 
at Yucca Mountain

    Pursuant to its authority under section 5051 of Public Law 100-203, 
Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 1987, the Nuclear Waste 
Technical Review Board (Board) will hold its winter meeting on Tuesday, 
January 26, and Wednesday, January 27, 1999 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The 
meeting, which is open to the public, will begin at 1:00 p.m. on 
January 26, and 8:00 a.m. on January 27. The meeting will be held at 
the Alexis Park Hotel, 375 East Harmon, Las Vegas, Nevada 89109; (Tel) 
702 796-3300, 800 453-8000, (Fax) 702 796-0766.
    On January 26, the meeting will focus on progress on alternative 
repository design, scientific and engineering investigations, and 
regulatory criteria pertinent to a potential repository at Yucca 
Mountain, Nevada. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has been 
invited to send a representative to discuss the NRC's draft rule (10 
CFR part 63) for disposal of high-level waste at Yucca Mountain. On 
January 27, the focus of the meeting will turn to the U.S. Department 
of Energy's Viability Assessment (VA). Representatives from the DOE 
will make presentations on different aspects of the VA, including 
repository design, waste package characteristics, total system 
performance assessment, the license application plan, and repository 
life-cycle costs. A detailed agenda will be available approximately one 
week before the meeting. You can either call for a copy, or visit the 
Board's web site at www.nwtrb.gov.
    The Board is making an added effort at this meeting to accommodate 
the views of interested parties. Time will be set aside at the end of 
both days, and will be extended if necessary, to take public comments. 
Those wishing to speak are encouraged to sign the ``Public Comment 
Register'' at the check-in table. A time limit may have to be set on 
individual remarks, but written comments of any length may be submitted 
for the record. In addition, time will be set aside for public comment 
in the late morning on January 27. Interested parties also will have 
the opportunity to submit questions in writing to the Board. To the 
extent time permits, these questions will be answered by one or more 
Board members during the meeting. Last, the Board members are extending 
an invitation to the public to come meet them and have a cup of coffee. 
This informal get together will be held in the meeting room on January 
27 from 7:15-7:45 a.m.
    Transcripts of this meeting will be available via e-mail, on 
computer disk, or on a library-loan basis in paper format from Davonya 
Barnes, Board staff, beginning on July 20, 1998. For further 
information, contact the NWTRB, Paula Alford, External Affairs, 2300 
Clarendon Boulevard, Suite 1300, Arlington, Virginia 22201-3367; (tel) 
703-235-4473; (fax) 703-235-4495; (e-mail) info@nwtrb.gov.
    The Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board was created by Congress in 
the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 1987 to evaluate the 
technical and scientific validity of activities undertaken by the DOE 
in its program for managing the disposal of the nation's commercial 
spent nuclear fuel and defense high-level waste. In the same 
legislation, Congress directed the DOE to characterize a site at Yucca 
Mountain, Nevada, for its suitability as a potential location for a 
permanent repository for disposing of that waste.

Dated: December 14, 1998.
William Barnard,
Executive Director, Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board.
[FR Doc. 98-33487 Filed 12-17-98; 8:45 am]