Chemical Processing Department Monthly Report: July 1957 Page: 13 of 107
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B. Production Planning and Schedling Operation (Continue
During July the self-concentration of Purex waste in tank 103-A
continued; however, a net increase of 74,000 gallons was experienced
as a result of adding 373,000 gallons of water to maintain the
liquid level above the bottom circulators. Since self-concentration
began in July, 1956, the space reclaimed in A Farm amounts to
2,426,000 gallons (67.9% of total Purex waste stored in A Farm) as
compared to 3,767,000 gallons (32.5%) reclaimed at SK Farm where
self-concentration started in November, 1954. The latter figure
was revised this month in order to discount previous credit for
water boil-off, included in self-concentration in the past. Con-
sequently, in this and future reports the term self-concentration
will be used to denote recovered storage space resulting from salt
wasta boil-off and will exclude from the calculation such extraneous
additions as condensate, water, etc. added solely to maintain liquid
level in a tank. After transferring 234,000 gallons of waste from
101-A to 106-4, Purex salt waste was routed from the building to
tank 101-A on June 26, 1957. The tank contents started boiling
July 14, 1957.
C. Essential Materials
The decision to reactivate the gas-fired calciners at the. UO
plant required that the activities connected with the lay-away
of the propane storage equipment be suspended.
It has been determined that propane is available by railroad tank
car and delivery of the initial car is scheduled for August 5, 1957.
The transfer spot at T Plant has been prepared for safe handling of
the propane. The delivered price via tank car has been calculated
at 14.4 cents per gallon; the delivered price in small trucks has
been 19.5 cents per gallon. Annual savings are estimated to be
Savings of $13,502 were reported for FY 1957. These are as
1. $4,542 by receiving caustic soda in tank trucks. The net
savings is $3,542 since expenses of $1,000 resulted from
equipping the plants for tank truck deliveries.
2. $270 by volume ordering ferrous sulfamate solution.
3. $1,386 by buying ferrous sulfamate solution in larger
4. $8,304 by buying as much nitric acid as possible in the
first year of a three year contract.
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