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The Defense Waste Processing Technology (DWPT) Analytical
Laboratory is a relatively new laboratory facility at the Savannah River Site
(SRS). It is a non-regulated, non-radioactive laboratory whose mission is to
support research and development (R&D) and waste treatment operations at
TNX by providing analytical and experimental services in a way that is safe,
efficient, and produces quality results in a timely manner so that R&D personnel
can provide quality technical data and operations personnel can efficiently
operate waste treatment facilities.
It consists of a 3200 sq ft building that is subdivided into 6 modules
comprising 2400 sq ft, Figures 1 - s. The remaining 800 sq ft is used for
storage, electrical & mechanical equipment, and water still. Each has a sink,
appropriate gas lines, bench tops, and cabinets. The modules are sample
receiving, chromatography I, chromatography II, wet chemistry and carbon,
sample preparation, and spectroscopy. Each module is about 400 sq ft. Most
instrumentation is of the same make and model as that at the Defense Waste
Processing Facility (DWPF). Also, this laboratory, amongst other work, routinely
performs methods that have been designated for use at DWPF. Thus, this
laboratory is functionally prototypic of that which is located at DWPF, except for
the fact that it is and will remain non-radioactive. The building is also networked
to the site's broadband for communication to customers.
For personnel, there are 12 technician analysts, 1 first-line supervisor, 2
B.S. chemists, 2 PhD chemists, 1 programmer, and 1 manager. The laboratory
completes, on average, about 150 samples per week for some 1500 results.
These samples and analytical work/w tracked using the Perkin Elmer Nelson
Analytical Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS). The target for
sample turn-around is 1 week.
The chromatography I module contains organic determination
instrumentation. Included here are 3 Hewlett Packard (HP) Gas
Chromatographs, HP5890s, with integrators and two of the units are equipped
with purge and trap accessories for low level benzene Determinations. The
lowest reportable value for benzene is <0.5 ppb. Also, there are 2 HP1090
High Pressure Liquid Chromatographs with integrators. Currently, this modules
reports 13 organics, aniline, phenol, diphenylamine, o-terphenyl, m-terphenyl,
p-terphenyl, biphenyl, phenylboronic acid, nitrobenzene, nitrosobenzene, 4-
phenylphenol, 2-phenylphenol, and n-phenylformamide with lowest reportable
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Policke, T.A.; Bryant, M.F. & Spencer, R.B. Defense Waste Processing Facility prototypic analytical laboratory, article, January 1, 1991; Aiken, South Carolina. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1097608/m1/2/?rotate=270: accessed March 26, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.