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Board Correspondence

Material on this page includes letters from the Board to the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE) concerning issues raised at Board meetings, and letters from the DOE responding to the Board’s concerns. Also included are some letters from Board responses to Members of Congress, stakeholder groups, and members of the public.

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Board letter to Dr. Peter Lyons with comments on long-term dry storage of high burnup spent nuclear fuel (June 5, 2014)


Board letter to Dr. Peter Lyons and Mr. David Huizenga with comments from March 2014 Board Meeting (June 4, 2014)


Board letter to Dr. Peter Lyons with comments from November 2013 Board meeting (January 29, 2014)


Board letter to The Honorable Rodney Frelinghuysen (September 16, 2013)


Board letter to The Honorable Peter Lyons on deep borehole disposal (July 30, 2013)


U.S. Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board Comments on the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Discussion Draft of Comprehensive Nuclear Waste Legislation Released by the Committee on April 25, 2013 (June 7, 2013)


Board letter to The Honorable Peter Lyons with comments from the April 2013 Board Meeting
(May 28, 2013)


Board letter to Mr. David Huizenga with comments from the April 2013 Board Meeting (May 28, 2013)


Board letter to The Honorable Peter Lyons with comments from the October 2012 Board Meeting (December 11, 2012)


Board letter to Mr. David Huizenga with comments from the October 2012 Board Meeting (December 11, 2012)


Board letter to Mr. David Huizenga with a request for presentation at October meeting (August 30, 2012)


Board comments on the final report of the Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future (April 18, 2012)


Board letter to The Honorable Peter Lyons with comments from the January 2012 Board Meeting (March 28, 2012)


Board comments on A Management Proposal for Salt Disposal Investigations with a Field Scale Heater Test at WIPP (January 6, 2012)


Board comments and recommendations related to work sponsored by NE-53 (December 30, 2011)


Board comments on a Draft Report, Gap Analysis to Support Extended Storage of Used Nuclear Fuel (December 8, 2011)


Board comments on a Draft Report issued by the Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future (October 31, 2011)


NWTRB letter to David Huizenga with comments from the April 2011 Meeting (July 26, 2011)


NWTRB letter to The Honorable Peter Lyons with comments from the February 2011 Board Meeting (July 26, 2011)


NWTRB comments to the BRC on the Reactor and Fuel Cycle Technology Subcommittee draft report (July 14, 2011)


NWTRB comments to the BRC on the recommendations in the Transporatation and Storage Subcommittee's draft report (June 30, 2011)


NWTRB comments to the BRC on the Subcommittee on Disposal's draft report (June 30, 2011)


Letter to The Honorable Ines Triay. (October 21, 2010)


Letter to The Honorable Warren F. Miller, Jr. (October 16, 2010)


Letter to Secretary Chu from the Board (August 13, 2009)

  • Comments on June 11, 2009, Board meeting

Letter to Congress and Secretary Chu from the Board (June 26, 2009)


Board letter to Senators Bingaman and Murkowski (May 11, 2009)

  • Board's Role

Board letter to OCRWM Acting Director Christopher Kouts (April 6, 2009)

  • Comments on January Board meeting

Board letter to OCRWM Director Edward Sproat (November 5, 2008)

  • Comments on September 24, 2008 Board meeting

Letter to Dr. B. John Garrick from Mr. Robert Loux (October 8, 2008)


Letter to Dr. B. John Garrick from Mr. Robert Loux (October 2, 2008)


Board letter to OCRWM director, Edward Sproat (September 4, 2008)


Letter from Robert Loux (July 31,2008)

  • Drip shields
Board response to Robert Loux's letter (August 20, 2008)

Board letter to OCRWM director Edward Sproat (April 22,2008)

  • Board comments on January Board meeting

NWTRB letter to DOE on September 2007 Board meeting (January 16, 2008)


DOE's responses to the Board's concerns from 2006 Report to the U.S. Congress and the Secretary of Energy (August 13, 2007)


Board letter to Edward Sproat regarding effects of organic materials on nitrate/chloride ratios
(July 10, 2007)


Board letter to Edward Sproat (April 19, 2007)


Board letter to Secretary Bodman following January 2007 Board meeting (February 13, 2007)


Board letter to Edward Sproat regarding Corrosion Workshop (January 12, 2007)


Board letter to Edward Sproat on DOE safety case (December 14, 2006)

  • Board comments on September 27, 2006 Board meeting

Board letter to Paul Golan following May Board meeting (June 14, 2006)


DOE responses to Board letters to the DOE dated December 19, 2005, and March 6, 2006.
(May 5, 2006)


Board letter to Paul Golan following February Board meeting (March 6, 2006)


Letter from Harry Swainston (January 24, 2006)


Board letter to Paul Golan following November Board Meeting (December 19, 2005)


Letter to President Bush from Daryle Busch resigning from the Board (May 27, 2005)


Letter from The Honorable Jon Porter (April 14, 2005)


Board letter to Theodore Garrish following February Board Meeting (April 19, 2005)


Board letter to OCRWM Director following October Transportation Panel Meeting
(December 1, 2004)


Board letter to OCRWM Director following September Board Meeting (November 30, 2004)


Board answers to questions from the Honorable John M. Shimkus following a hearing held March 25, 200 (August 11, 2004)


Board letter to Dr. Margaret Chu following May 2004 Board meeting (July 28, 2004)


Daniel Bullen resignation letter (May 21, 2004)


Board letter to Dr. Margaret Chu (May 3, 2004)


Board letter to Dr. Margaret Chu (April 5, 2004)


Board letter to Dr. Margaret Chu (March 29, 2004)


Paul Craig's resignation letter (January 15, 2004)


Michael Corradini's resignation letter (December 30, 2003)


Board letter to Dr. Margaret Chu (December 16, 2003)


Board letter to Dr. Margaret Chu (December 4, 2003)

  • Topics for discussion at January panel meetings

Board letter to Dr. Margaret Chu (November 25, 2003)


Letter from Robert Loux (November 25, 2003)


Letter from Harry W. Swainston (October 27, 2003)


Board Letter to Dr. Margaret Chu (October 21, 2003)



Board Letter to Dr. Margaret Chu (June 30, 2003)


Board Letter to Dr. Margaret Chu (June 27, 2003)


Board Letter to Dr. Margaret Chu (April 30, 2003)

Letter from Michael Corradini to Dr. Margaret Chu (March 5, 2003)

Letter from Michael Corradini to Dr. Margaret Chu (February 20, 2003)


Eagan and Associates request for documents (January 20, 2003)


Debra Knopman resignation letter (January 6, 2003)

Letter to NWTRB from Judy Treichel (November 7, 2002)

Board letter to Dr. Margaret Chu (November 22, 2002)

Board letter to Dr. Margaret Chu (June 20, 2002)

Letter to the Honorable Jeff Bingaman (May 31, 2002)

Responses to questions from the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources


Letter from The Honorable Joe Barton (April 22, 2002)

DOE Response to the Board's January 24, 2002 Letter Report; (April 1, 2002)

Board letter to Lake Barrett (March 11, 2002)

Letter from J. Russell Dyer (January 24, 2002)
  • Fluid inclusion

Letter from The Honorable Harry Reid and John Ensign (November 26, 2001)

Letter from The Honorable Joe Barton (December 11, 2001)

Letter from The Honorable John M. Shimkus (December 5, 2001)

NWTRB letter to The Honorable Spencer Abraham (December 11, 2001)

NWTRB letter to Lake Barrett, Acting Director, OCRWM (October 17, 2001)

NWTRB letter to Lake Barrett, Acting Director, OCRWM (October 16, 2001)
  • Board's response for comments on Yucca Mountain Preliminary Site Suitability Evaluation (PSSE).

NWTRB letter to Lake Barrett, Acting Director, OCRWM (July 17, 2001) (PDF file -102Kb)

NWTRB letter to Stephan Brocoum, YMSCO (July 2, 2001) (PDF file -56Kb)
  • Board comments on June 20-21, 2001 meeting on SSPA.

NWTRB Letter to Jane Summerson, YMSCO (July 2, 2001) (PDF file -62Kb)
  • Board comments on DOE draft supplemental environmental impact statement.

NWTRB Letter to Lake Barrett, Acting Director, OCRWM (June 11, 2001) (PDF file -44Kb)
  • Comments on multiple lines of evidence from April 13, 2001, panel meeting.

Letter from Lake Barrett, Acting Director, OCRWM (May 30, 2001) (PDF file -2.8Mb)
  • Additional comments supplementing Board's May 2001 meeting

NWTRB Letter to Lake Barrett, Acting Director, OCRWM (March 30, 2001)
  • Comments from the Board's January 2001 meeting

NWTRB Letter to Ivan Itkin, Director, OCRWM (September 20, 2000)
  • Comments from the Board's August 2000 meeting

Letter from The Honorable Joe Barton and questions to Board (July 20, 2000)

NWTRB Letter to Jim Wells, GAO (July 21, 2000)
  • Comments on report: Radiation Standards: Scientific Basis Inconclusive, and EPA and NRC Disagreement Continues

NWTRB Letter to Ivan Itkin, Director, OCRWM (June 16, 2000)
  • Comments from the Board's May meeting

NWTRB Letter to Ivan Itkin, Director, OCRWM (March 20, 2000)
  • Comments on Performance Assessment

NWTRB Letter to Ivan Itkin, Director, OCRWM (March 20, 2000)
  • Comments from the Board's January meeting

Response from Mr. Ivan Itkin, OCRWM (June 6, 2000)


NWTRB Letter to Wendy Dixon, EIS Project Manager, OCRWM (February 7, 2000)
  • Comments on the draft EIS

NWTRB Letter to Mr. Lake H. Barrett, Acting Director, OCRWM (November 10, 1999)
  • Comments from the Board's September meeting

Response from Mr. Ivan Itkin, OCRWM (January 14, 2000)


NWTRB Letter to Mr. Lake H. Barrett, Acting Director, OCRWM (August 3, 1999)
  • Comments on the Scientific program

Response from Mr. Lake H. Barrett, Acting Director, OCRWM (November 23, 1999)


NWTRB Letter to Mr. Lake H. Barrett, Acting Director, OCRWM (July 9, 1999)
  • Comments on the Process for Selecting the Repository Design
  • Comments on the Recommended Repository Design

Response from Mr. Lake H. Barrett, Acting Director, OCRWM (September 10, 1999)


NWTRB Letter to Mr. Lake H. Barrett, Acting Director, OCRWM (May 7, 1999)
  • Issues of special interest that the Board would like to review at upcoming June Board meeting

Comments regarding January Board meeting in letter to Mr. Lake H. Barrett, Acting Director, OCRWM (March 3, 1999)
  • The Viability Assessment (VA)
  • Repository Design
  • Site Investigations
  • Nye County Early Warning Drilling Program (EWDP)

Response from Mr. Lake H. Barrett, Acting Director, OCRWM (June 15, 1999)


NWTRB Letter to Mr. Lake H. Barrett, Acting Director, OCRWM (July 30, 1998)
  • Total System Performance Assessment (TSPA)
  • License Application Plan
  • Determination of Importance Evaluation (DIE) on the East-West Crossing
  • Observations from the Field Trip
  • Environmental Impact Statement
  • Alternative Repository Designs

NWTRB Letter to Mr. Lake H. Barrett, Acting Director, OCRWM (April 7, 1998)
  • Presentations on Characterization of the Saturated Zone
  • Expert Elicitation on the Saturated Zone
  • Presentation by the State of Nevada's Contractor
  • The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
  • Thermal Testing Update

NWTRB Letter to Mr. Lake H. Barrett, Acting Director, OCRWM (January 12, 1998)
  • Comments from the Board's October Meeting
  • Comments from Board Panel Meetings and Field Trip
  • Response from Mr. Lake H. Barrett, Acting Director, OCRWM (May 11, 1998)


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