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RULE §336.1007License Application for Commercial Disposal of Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material Waste

(a) In addition to other application requirements of this title, an applicant for a license to authorize commercial disposal of naturally occurring radioactive material (NORM) waste shall submit:

  (1) a projected inventory of radionuclides in the wastes to be disposed and the estimated concentration, specific activity, and total radioactivity by radionuclide;

  (2) the estimated frequency and volume of each disposal;

  (3) a description of waste packaging and other waste acceptance criteria;

  (4) a detailed description of the nonradiological constituents in the waste (e.g., hazardous wastes, metals, absorbents, acids, and chelating agents), including the chemical and physical characteristics of the waste;

  (5) a site characterization, including:

    (A) the identification of all soil layers by classification according to the Unified Soil Classification System, as described in the American Society for Testing and Materials standard D2487, Standard Classification of Soils for Engineering Purposes (Unified Soil Classification System);

    (B) a description of site stratigraphy from the surface to at least the base of the lower confining layer of the injection zone;

    (C) a description of potential geologic hazards, including faulting, seismic activity, sink holes, solution depressions, geopressurized zones, and flooding, including identification of the 100-year floodplain;

    (D) a description of applicable site hydrogeological data including:

      (i) identification of aquifers and confining units, including depths, saturated intervals, overall thicknesses, lithologies, and environments of deposition;

      (ii) the processes of recharge and discharge of site groundwaters;

      (iii) porosities and hydraulic conductivities; and

      (iv) hydraulic gradients, flow directions, and flow velocities;

    (E) identification of water wells within a one-mile radius of the facility, including location, use (e.g., commercial, livestock, drinking water, etc.), total depth, aquifer, and screened interval;

    (F) a description and analysis of surface water and surface drainage areas, including the location and identification of surface water bodies and wetlands and uses, if any;

    (G) a description and analysis of local meteorological data, including hourly, daily, and/or monthly averages of precipitation, evapotranspiration, temperature, wind speed and direction, relative humidity, and atmospheric stability over annual and quarterly periods;

    (H) maps and cross sections, as follows:

      (i) United States Geological Survey (USGS) 7.5-minute topographic map(s);

      (ii) Bureau of Economic Geology (BEG) Geologic Atlas of Texas map(s), or other site-specific surface geology map;

      (iii) United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) soil map, or other site soil map;

      (iv) potentiometric surface maps of all aquifers; and

      (v) structural cross sections along dip and strike;

    (I) area resources (e.g., local land use, locations of nearby residences, etc.);

    (J) site performance history, including erosion, flooding, subsidence, etc.; and

    (K) a summary of any past disposals, including inventories of any radiological parameters, and any observed effects;

  (6) a description of the proposed design and construction of the NORM waste disposal facility;

  (7) a description of the proposed design and construction of the final closed NORM waste disposal facility and of proposed closure procedures;

  (8) information on the depth of NORM waste disposal and proposed operational and safety procedures for disposal of NORM waste;

  (9) proposed inspection, maintenance, and emergency procedures;

  (10) the applicant's radiological impact assessment consisting of modeling of radionuclide releases to site-specific critical exposure pathways and the projection of potential radiological doses to an individual on site and to a member of the public off site;

  (11) proposed radiation safety procedures during operations and closure. Proposed procedures must include:

    (A) administrative procedures;

    (B) operating procedures;

    (C) radiation safety program, including procedures for posting restricted areas, procedures for conducting surveys and monitoring, procedures for respiratory protection, procedures for worker protection and monitoring, and procedures for implementing controls to limit exposure in restricted areas;

    (D) procedures for decontamination of equipment and facilities;

    (E) industrial safety program; and

    (F) quality assurance/quality control procedures;

  (12) a description of proposed radiological monitoring of the site;

  (13) the organizational structure of the applicant, a description of lines of authority and assignment of responsibilities, and technical qualifications of personnel responsible for radiation safety functions;

  (14) information on the applicant's proposed methods of restricting access to the site (e.g., fencing) and proposed permanent site markers;

  (15) proposed recordkeeping procedures, including electronic recordkeeping as required in §336.1015 of this title (relating to Maintenance of Records and Reports);

  (16) information on land ownership and any covenants or restrictions on land use;

  (17) the applicant's justification for the proposed disposal method; and

  (18) a decommissioning plan that meets the standards in Subchapter G of this chapter (relating to Decommissioning Standards) including an evaluation of the alternatives to disposing of NORM waste at a licensed NORM waste disposal facility.

(b) The applicant shall submit sufficient information to allow the executive director to assess the potential hazard to public health and safety and to determine whether the NORM waste disposal facility will have a significant impact on the environment as required under §336.1011 of this title (relating to Performance Objectives).

(c) The applicant shall provide any other information that may be requested by the executive director.

Source Note: The provisions of this §336.1007 adopted to be effective July 21, 2005, 30 TexReg 4127

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