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pan is stainless steel and provides containment for any liquid drippage
expelled during compaction, and will facilitate decontamination. Interlocks
are provided for safety during operation and maintenance.
Operation 'of a solid radioactive waste compactor and achievement of the
desired volume reduction necessitates a change in both procedural practices
and personnel attitudes. Procedures are relatively easy to change; personnel
attitudes and habits require more emphasis. The procedural changes required
include: segregation, collection, and limitations for compactible radioactive
waste. Promulgation of the procedural changes must include a parallel training
program to achieve the needed personnel attitude and habit changes, plus
Prior to Aerojet Nuclear's compaction operations, routine contaminated
wastes such as blotting paper, rags, gloves, poly, etc., were collected in
2' x 2' x 3' boxes. Most of these routine waste materials were of a
compactible nature; however, some restrictions were imposed which prohibited
certain materials such as free liquids and large, heavy items. Restrictions
are also required for the compactible waste. Those restrictions are: (1) no
free liquid (to insure integrity of bale box), (2) no large noncompressible
items (to prevent damage to compactor), (3) a 200 mr/hr maximum radiation level
per individual container (to minimize operator exposure),. and (4) no broken,
unprotected glass or other sharp object (to maintain containment integrity and
prevent personnel injury). The latter two restrictions are the only changes
from previous restrictions and they are not new. Control of both these
problems was effected previously, but in a different manner.
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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/m1/3/: accessed April 23, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.