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The "Plan for the Management of AEC-Generated Radioactive Wastes" -
WASH-1202, notes that it is an AEC objective, ". that volume reduction
technology, such as compaction and incineration, should be adopted for
use with radioactive solid wastes and placed in operation wherever
practical." To help achieve this objective at NRTS, Aerojet Nuclear
Company has purchased and initiated operation of a solid waste compactor.
The compactor is housed in the Solid Waste Compaction Facility (SWCF)
building adjacent to the NRTS Burial Ground.
The compactor was selected on the basis of the design criteria['J
developed in the Naval Reactor Program (KAPL and Bettis) and forwarded
by NR for use by other AEC facilities. A number .of trash compactors were
available prior to the KAPL effort which were capable of reducing solid
radioactive waste volumes; however, none were a packaged unit which pro-
vided the control systems needed for radioactive materials. The compactor
incorporating the desired radioactive material controls and purchased by
Aeroj et Nuclear Company is the Consolidated Baling Machine Company Model
DHBS-2MR. Physical data relative to this model are listed in.Table I. It .
is a conventional vertical-downstroke, hydraulically-operated 50-ton
(2,000 psi) baler. The radioactive material controls include an integral
filtered ventilation system and a drip pan. The ventilation system
-encloses the baler and provides sufficient airflow to prevent the escape
of airborne radioactive contaminants during compaction operations. The drip
 "Design and Performance of a Radioactive Waste Compactor", RE0-M-398,
dated September 23, 1971 - A. A. Sugalski, Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory,
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Passmore, R.W. Experience at the National Reactor Testing Station in segregation and compaction of low-level solid waste, article, October 31, 1974; Idaho Falls, Idaho. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1026307/m1/2/: accessed April 22, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.