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Environmental Evaluation Group Archives

From 1978 to 2004, the Environmental Evaluation Group (EEG) conducted independent technical evaluations of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP). EEG was federally funded by the Department of Energy (DOE), but DOE did not select its staff or control what issues it considered, nor did it have any prior approval of the reports that were published.

EEG regularly made public reports to legislative committees and participated in other public processes. Its 90 technical reports were published and distributed at no charge.

DOE defunded EEG in 2004. Until now, EEG's reports have not been available on the Internet. SRIC is making the reports available, as they provide valuable technical insights into many issues. So the reports are of historic interest and some of the issues are of continuing relevance.

Among the last activities conducted by EEG was a workshop on March 16, 2004 related to technical issues regarding some of the high-level waste tanks at DOE's Hanford, Washington site and whether some of the wastes could be disposed at WIPP. Because EEG funding was terminated shortly after the workshop, the planned report of the workshop was not completed. However, in 2013 DOE again proposed sending some of that tank waste to WIPP. Two of the EEG scientists in charge of the workshop - George Anastas and James Channell - compiled a summary of the workshop to enhance public understanding of those issues.

EEG-90 Gray, Donald H; Ballard, Sally C. 2003 Dec.
EEG Operational Radiation Surveillance of the WIPP Project during 2002.
EEG-89 Channell, James K; Anastas, George. 2003 Dec.
A rationale for maintaining the double containment requirement for plutonium shipments.
EEG-88 Gray, Donald H. 2003 Dec.
Application of Beryllium-7 and Lead-210 Concentration Measurements to Monitoring the Validity of Effluent Air Sampling at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.
EEG-87 Allen, Lawrence E. 2003 Oct.
Identification of Issues Concerning Buried Transuranic Waste.
EEG-86 Silva, Matthew K; Channell, James K; Walker, Ben A; Anastas, George. 2003 Sep.
Contact handled transuranic waste characterization requirements at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.
EEG-85 Allen, Lawrence E; Channell, James K. 2003 May.
Analysis of Emplaced Waste Data and Implications of Non-Random Emplacement for Performance Assessment for the WIPP.
EEG-84 Gray, Donald H; Ballard, Sally C; Channell, James K. 2002 Dec.
EEG Operational Radiation Surveillance of the WIPP Project during 2001.
EEG-83 Allen, Lawrence E; Silva, Matthew K; Channell, James K. 2002 Sep.
Identification of issues relevant to the first recertification of WIPP.
EEG-82 Allen, Lawrence E; Silva, Matthew K; Channell, James K; Abel, John F; Morgan, Dudley R. 2001 Dec.
Evaluation of proposed panel closure modifications at WIPP.
EEG-81 Gray, Donald H; Ballard, Sally C. 2001 Oct.
EEG Operational radiation surveillance of the WIPP Project during 2000.
EEG-80 Kenney, Jim W. 2001 Jan.
Recommendations to address air sampling issues at WIPP.
EEG-79 Gray, Donald H; Kenney, Jim W; Ballard, Sally C. 2000 Sep.
Operational Radiation Surveillance of the WIPP Project by EEG during 1999.
EEG-78 Rucker, Dale F. 2000 Sep.
Probabilistic safety assessment of operational accidents at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.
EEG-77 Oversby, Virginia. 2000 Sep.
Plutonium chemistry under conditions relevant for WIPP performance assessment. Review of experimental results and recommendations for future work.
EEG-76 Rucker, Dale F. 2000 Aug.
Air dispersion modeling at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.
EEG-75 Channell, JK; Walker, BA. 2000.
Evaluation of risk and waste characterization requirements for the transuranic waste emplaced in WIPP during 1999.
EEG-74 Greenfield, Moses A; Sargent, Thomas J. 2000 May.
Probability of failure of the TRUDOCK crane system at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).
EEG-73 Kenney, Jim W; Gray, Donald H; Ballard, Sally C; Chaturvedi, Lokesh. 1999 Oct.
Preoperational radiation surveillance of the WIPP Project by EEG from 1996-1998.
EEG-72 Channell, James K; Neill, Robert H. 1999 Jul.
A Comparison of the risks from the hazardous waste and radioactive waste portions of the WIPP inventory.
EEG-71 Maleki, Hamid. 1998 Jul.
Mine stability evaluation of Panel 1 during waste emplacement operations at WIPP.
EEG-70 Bartlett, William T; Kenney, Jim W. 1998 May.
EEG observations of the March 1998 WIPP Operational Readiness Review Audit.
EEG-69 Rucker, Dale. 1998 May.
Sensitivity of performance parameters used in modeling the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.
EEG-68 Neill, Robert H; Chaturvedi, Lokesh; Rucker, Dale F; Silva, Matthew K; Walker, Ben A; Channell, James K; Clemo, Thomas M. 1998 Mar.
Evaluation of the WIPP Project's compliance with the EPA radiation protection standards for disposal of transuranic waste.
EEG-67 Kenney, Jim W; Gray, Donald H; Ballard, Sally C. 1998 Mar.
Preoperational radiation surveillance of the WIPP project by EEG during 1993 through 1995.
EEG-66 Channell, James K; Neill, Robert H. 1998, Feb.
Individual radiation doses from transuranic waste brought to the surface by human intrusion at the WIPP.
EEG-65 Greenfield, Moses; Sargeant, Thomas J. 1998 Jan.
Probability of failure of the waste hoist brake system at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).
EEG-64 Neill, Robert H; Channell, James K; Spiegler, Peter; Chaturvedi, Lokesh. 1997 Apr.
Review of the draft supplement to the WIPP Environmental Impact Statement, DOE/EIS-0026-S-2.
EEG-63 Maleki, Hamid; Chaturvedi, Lokesh. 1996 Aug.
Stability evaluation of the Panel 1 rooms and the E140 drift at WIPP.
EEG-62 Silva, Matthew K. 1996 Aug.
Fluid injection of salt water disposal and enhanced oil recovery as a potential problem for the WIPP; Proceedings of a June 1995 workshop and analysis.
EEG-61 Neill, Robert; Chaturvedi, Lokesh; Lee, William, W -L; Clemo, Thomas M; Silva, Matthew K; Kenney, Jim; Bartlett, William T; Walker, Ben A. 1996 Mar.
Review of the WIPP draft application to show compliance with EPA transuranic waste disposal standards.
EEG-60 Bartlett, William T; Walker Ben A. 1996 Jan.
The influence of salt aerosol on alpha radiation detection by WIPP continuous air monitors.
EEG-59 Greenfield, Moses A; Sargent, Thomas J. 1995 Nov.
An analysis of the annual probability of failure of the waste hoist brake system at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).
EEG-58 Kenney, Jim W; Downes, Paula S; Gray, Donald H; Ballard, Sally C. 1995 Jun.
Radionuclide baseline in soil near Project Gnome and the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.
EEG-57 Lee, William W-L; Chaturvedi, Lokesh; Silva, Matthew K; Weiner, Ruth; Neill Robert H. 1994 Sep.
An appraisal of the 1992 preliminary performance assessment for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.
EEG-56 Silva, Matthew K; Neill, Robert H. 1994 Sep.
Unresolved issues for the disposal of remote-handled transuranic waste in the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.
EEG-55 Silva, Matthew K. 1994 Jun.
Implications of the presence of petroleum resources on the integrity of the WIPP.
EEG-54 Kenney, Jim W. 1994 Feb. Preoperational radiation surveillance of the WIPP Project by EEG during 1992.
EEG-53 Greenfield, Moses A; Sargent, Thomas J. 1993 Jun.
A probabilistic analysis of a catastrophic transuranic waste hoist accident at the WIPP.
EEG-52 Bartlett, William T. 1993 Feb.
An evaluation of air effluent and workplace radioactivity monitoring at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.
EEG-51 Kenney, Jim W. 1992 Oct.
Preoperational radiation surveillance of the WIPP Project by EEG during 1991.
EEG-50 Silva, Matthew K; Channell, James K. 1992 Jun.
Implications of oil and gas leases at the WIPP on compliance with EPA TRU waste disposal standards.
EEG-49 Kenney, Jim. 1991 Nov.
Preoperational radiation surveillance of the WIPP Project by EEG during 1990.
EEG-48 Silva, Matthew K. 1991 Jun.
An assessment of the flammability and explosion potential of transuranic waste.
EEG-47 Kenney, Jim W; Ballard, Sally C. 1990 Dec.
Preoperational radiation surveillance of the WIPP Project by EEG during 1989.
EEG-46 Gallegos, Anthony F; Channell, James K. 1990 Aug.
Risk analysis of the transport of contact handled transuranic (CH-TRU) wastes to WIPP along selected highway routes in New Mexico using RADTRAN IV.
EEG-45 Silva, Matthew K. 1990 Jun.
Preliminary investigation into the explosion potential of volatile organic compounds in WIPP CH-TRU waste.
EEG-44 Greenfield, Moses A. 1990 Jan.
Probabilities of a catastrophic waste hoist accident at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.
EEG-43 Kenney, Jim W. 1990 Jan.
Preoperational radiation surveillance of the WIPP Project by EEG during 1985-1988.
EEG-42 Chaturvedi, Lokesh. 1989 Sep.
Evaluation of the DOE plans for radioactive experiments and operational demonstration at WIPP.
EEG-41 Environmental Evaluation Group. 1989 Jul.
Review of the draft Supplement Environmental Impact Statement, DOE Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.
EEG-40 Environmental Evaluation Group. 1989 May.
Review of the Final Safety Analysis Report (Draft), DOE Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, December 1988.
EEG-39 Chapman, Jenny B. 1998 Mar.
Chemical and radiochemical characteristics of groundwater in the Culebra Dolomite, southeastern New Mexico.
EEG-38 Rodgers, John C; Kenney, Jim W. 1998 Mar.
A critical assessment of continuous air monitoring systems at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.
EEG-37 Rodgers, John C. 1987 Nov.
Exhaust stack monitoring issues at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.
EEG-36 Lowenstein, Tim K. 1987 Apr.
Post burial alteration of the Permian Rustler Formation evaporites, WIPP site, New Mexico.
EEG-35 Chapman, Jenny B. 1986 Oct.
Stable isotopes in southeastern New Mexico groundwater: Implications for dating recharge in the WIPP area.
EEG-34 Chaturvedi, Lokesh, ed. 1987 Feb.
The Rustler Formation at the WIPP site.
EEG-33 Channell, James K, et al. 1986 Jun.
Adequacy of TRUPACT-I design for transporting contact-handled transuranic wastes to WIPP.
EEG-32 Chaturvedi, Lokesh; Channell, James K. 1985 Dec.
The Rustler Formation as a transport medium for contaminated groundwater.
EEG-31 Ramey, Dan. 1985 Jul.
Chemistry of the Rustler Fluids.
EEG-30 Dougherty, Frank (Tenera Corporation). 1985 Jul.
Evaluation of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant Classification of Systems, Structures and Components.
EEG-29 Little, Marshall S. 1985 May.
Evaluation of the Safety Analysis Report for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant Project.
EEG-28 Knowles, HB. 1984 Nov.
Radiation shielding in the Hot Cell Facility at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant: a review.
EEG-27 Rehfeldt, Kenneth. 1984 Sep.
Sensitivity analysis of solute transport in fractures and determination of anisotropy within the Culebra Dolomite.
EEG-26 Spiegler, Peter. 1984 Nov.
Proposed preoperational environmental monitoring program for WIPP.
EEG-25 Chaturvedi, Lokesh. 1984 Mar.
Occurrence of gases in the Salado Formation.
EEG-24 Neill, Robert H; Channell, James K. 1983 Aug.
Potential problems from shipment of high-curie content contact-handled transuranic (CH-TRU) waste to WIPP.
EEG-23 Neill, Robert H; et al. 1983 May.
Evaluation of the suitability of the WIPP site.
EEG-22 Environmental Evaluation Group. 1983 Apr.
EEG review comments on the geotechnical reports provided by DOE to EEG under the Stipulated Agreement through March 1,1983.
EEG-21 Faith, Stuart; el al. 1983 Apr.
The geochemistry of two pressurized brines from the Castile Formation in the vicinity of the Waste isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) site.
EEG-20 Baca, Thomas E. 1983 Feb [Reprinted 1990 Nov].
An evaluation of the non- radiological environmental problems relating to the WIPP.
EEG-19 Channell, James K. 1982 Nov.
Review comments on environmental analysis cost reduction proposals (WIPP/DOE-136) July 1982.
EEG-18 Spiegler, Peter; Updegraff, Dave. 1983 Mar.
Origin of the brines near WIPP from the drill holes ERDA-6 and WIPP-12 based on stable isotope concentration of hydrogen and oxygen.
EEG-17 Spiegler, Peter. 1982 Dec.
Hydrologic analysis of two brine encounters in the vicinity of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) site.
EEG-16 Environmental Evaluation Group. 1982 Feb.
Radionuclide release, transport and consequence modeling for WIPP. A report of a workshop held on September 16-17, 1981
EEG-15 Bard, Stephen T. 1982 Mar.
Estimated radiation doses resulting if an exploratory borehole penetrates a pressurized brine reservoir assumed to exist below the WIPP repository horizon-a single hole scenario.
EEG-14 Not published.
EEG-13 Spiegler, Peter. 1982 May.
Analysis of the potential formation of a breccia chimney beneath the WIPP repository.
EEG-12 Little, Marshall S. 1982 May.
Potential release scenario and radiological consequence evaluation of mineral resources at WIPP.
EEG-11 Channell, James K. 1982 Jan.
Calculated radiation doses from radionuclides brought to the surface if future drilling intercepts the WIPP repository and pressurized brine.
EEG-10 Environmental Evaluation Group. 1981 Jan.
Radiological health review of the final Environmental Impact Statement (DOE/EIS-0026) Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, US Department of Energy.
EEG-9 Spiegler, Peter. 1981 Sep.
An approach to calculating upper bounds on maximum individual doses from the use of contaminated well water following a WIPP repository breach.
EEG-8 Wofsy, Carla. 1980 Sep.
The significance of certain Rustler aquifer parameters for predicting long-term radiation doses from WIPP.
EEG-7 Chaturvedi, Lokesh. 1980 Oct.
WIPP site and vicinity geological field trip. A report of a field trip to the proposed Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in southeastern New Mexico, June 16-18, 1980.
EEG-6 Environmental Evaluation Group; NMED, Environmental Improvement Division. 1980 Apr.
Geotechnical considerations for radiological hazard assessment of WIPP. A report of a meeting held on January 17-18, 1980.
EEG-5 Channell, James K. 1980 Oct.
Calculated radiation doses from deposition of material released in hypothetical transportation accidents involving WIPP- related radioactive wastes.
EEG-4 Little, Marshall S. 1980 Feb [Reprinted 1989 Aug].
Review comments on the report of the steering committee on waste acceptance criteria for the Waste Isolation pilot Plant
EEG-3 Neill, Robert H; et al. 1979 Aug.
Radiological health review of the draft Environmental Impact Statement (DOE/EIS-0026-D) Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, US Department of Energy.
EEG-2 Environmental Evaluation Group. 1978 Dec.
Review comments on geolgocial characterization report, Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) site, southeastern New Mexico, SAND78-1596, volume I and II. (Published with EEG-3)
EEG-1 Goad, Donna. 1979 Jun.
A compilation of site selection criteria considerations and concerns appearing in the literature on the deep disposal of radioactive wastes.


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