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Department of Energy, Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management

Department of Energy, Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management

Yucca Mountain Project

SCOPE

The scope of this DOE project was to design, construct, and operate the US repository for High Level Nuclear Waste located at the Nevada National Security Site in Mercury, Nevada. Yucca Mountain was originally proposed to permanently store spent nuclear fuel from commercial nuclear power plants, the nuclear navy, and defense related reactors. Yucca Mountain is located at the Nevada National Security Site. The project is funded via the Nuclear Waste Policy Act, which collects fees from utilities and was valued at approximately $27 billion. The repository will be licensed by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission and will be operated by DOE. The project was curtailed in 2009 until the government could reassess the approach.

RW-15, SMSI's client, was responsible for Safeguards and Security, Emergency Management, Safety, and Disposal Operations for the Yucca Mountain Project.

SMSI CONTRACT

Task order contract (management and technical services)

PROJECT SCHEDULE

September 2007 — October 2009

SMSI ROLE AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS

SMSI provided program/project management and technical expertise for Safeguards and Security, Emergency Management, and Safety. Scope includes support to strategic planning, scheduling, project controls, engineering reviews, and startup planning.

SMSI provided and performed:

  • Assistance to RW-15 in developing the organization and long term logistics required to support construction,
    commissioning/startup, and operations
  • Developing management plans and comprehensive integrated schedules
  • Review of design basis and technical documents, proposed NRC regulations, and analysis of impacts to YMP
  • Development of a Project Management Tracking System (scope, schedule, budget, work packages)
  • Developing plans, schedules, and estimates for Vulnerability Assessments
  • Supported and developed status reports for senior RW management

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