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Waste characterization studies are an important part of
several of the waste management research and development pro-
grams administered by the Health Research Division of the
Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory (LASL). Detailed infor-
mation on wastes generated and sent to retrievable storage is
required by both operational personnel and the research staff
within the waste management program for a number of reasons.
The identification of the waste matrix and the levels of con-
tamination are of particular importance in order to optimize
waste packaging, handling techniques, and storage facility
designs. The design and operation of the new LASL Transuranic
Contaminated Waste Treatment Development Facility requires
information concerning the actual amounts of combustibles in
the wastes, as well as the degree of transuranic contamination.
A breakdown of combustible wastes into categories such as
cellulosics, plastics, and rubbers is also needed for the
design of the feed, combustion, and offgas filter train sys-
tems of the reduction facility.
A program to sort, identify, and assay actual wastes
produced at plutoniunm-handling facilities at LASL is serving
as a means oi obtaining quantitative information on waste
characterization. Such quantitative data, combined with the
qualitative information obtained from questionnaires and
personal interviews, have served as an input into the re-
search and development programs involved in the effects of
radiolysis on the waste matrix. Experiments to determine
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McCurdy, D.; Mulkin, R.; Umbarger, C.; Wheeler, M. & Zerwekh, A. Studies on sorting and characterization of plutonium process and room- generated wastes, article, October 31, 1974; New Mexico. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1020143/m1/2/: accessed June 20, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.