Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board

Congress created the US Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board (NWTRB) in the 1987 amendments to the Nuclear Waste Policy Act (NWPA). It advises both Congress and the Secretary of Energy on technical issues related to DOE implementation of the NWPA. The Board evaluates the technical validity of all activities undertaken by the Secretary of Energy related to DOE’s obligation to manage and develop an approach to dispose of SNF and HLW. The NWTRB is a unique federal agency and is completely independent, nonpartisan, and nonpolitical. Its 11 members are appointed by the President from a list of nominees submitted by the National Academy of Sciences, which makes its nominations based solely on the expertise of the individual in relevant scientific and engineering disciplines. The inde­pendent technical peer review offered by the NWTRB contributes to the acceptance by the public and scientific communities for different approaches to managing nuclear waste.

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