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EPA/AR RIN: 2060-AR60 Publication ID: Spring 2013 
Title: Criteria for the Certification and Recertification of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant's Compliance with the Disposal Regulations; Panel Closure Redesign 
Abstract: This rule will propose to modify a small portion of 40 CFR 194, "Criteria for the Certification and Re-certification of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant's Compliance with the 40 CFR part 191 Disposal Regulations." 40 CFR part 194, appendix A, condition 1 currently stipulates that the Option D Panel Closure included in DOE's 1996 Compliance Certification application be implemented to seal filled waste panels in the repository. On September 28, 2011, DOE submitted a Planned Change Request that proposes the replacement of the concrete monolith and mortared explosion wall included in the Option D Panel Closure with an alternative design consisting of steel bulkheads and mined salt backfill. According to DOE, implementation of Option D presents significant technical obstacles, and the proposed change meets the same operational performance requirements while reducing costs and impacts on waste emplacement activities. 
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency(EPA)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 40 CFR 194 
Legal Authority: WIPP LWA (PL 102-579) 
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  07/00/2013   
Final Rule  06/00/2014   
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Jonathan Walsh
Environmental Protection Agency
Air and Radiation
1200 Pennsylvania Ave NW., Mail Code 6608J,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 343-9238
Fax:202 343-2305
Email: walsh.jonathan@epa.gov

Tom Peake
Environmental Protection Agency
Air and Radiation
6608J,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 343-9765
Fax:202 343-2304
Email: peake.tom@epamail.epa.gov

 
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