Date: June 30, 1968
Description: While the safety status of the Richland facilities has in the past been deemed adequate, all aspects of nuclear technology have progressed and evolved including standards of nuclear safety. Hence, the national nuclear safety environment within which the Richland facilities are operated is grossly different now than was the case ten years ago; a commensurate change can be expected in the future. Further, the urgency of national security aspects of Hanford operation seems less acute now than in the past and may become less so in the future. Finally, the isolation of the Hanford site has been reduced by the release of land, and the concentration of people and valuable property in near proximity may increase in the future. While some program modifications and changes in emphasis are to be expected, the five-year outline shown here is considered to be a reasonable representation of the safety work of highest priority to be studied. The Nuclear Safety Program consists of seven, concurrent subprograms. These are: 8RLa--fuel temperature transients under accident conditions; 8RLb--chemical and metallurgical reactions and fission product release from overheated fuel; 8RLc--control of fission gases; 8RLd--meteorological studies; 8RLe--ground fixation of radioactive material in liquid wastes; 8RLf--particle formation and release from ...
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