Savannah River Site offsite hazardous waste shipment data validation report. Revision 1 Page: 12 of 164
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3. SRS DATA VALIDATION STRATEGY
TSP began an independent review of the SRS waste shipments on September 1-3, 1992, at SRS.
During the presentation and interview-based meetings, Westinghouse Savannah River Company and DOE
Savannah River Operations personnel explained past and current SRS hazardous waste management
practices and procedures. The 1987-1991 shipment data were also discussed.
3.1 DOE-HQ Definitions
The principal goal of the independent review of SRS data is to determine whether SRS correctly
categorized the shipments by DOE-HQ definitions for waste categories. The following sections give the
DOE-HQ definitions found in the data request.
3.1.1 Waste Categories
The DOE-HQ data request defined four categories for the offsite waste shipments. These categories
" Known radioactive waste
" Clean waste
a Likely radioactive waste (also called highly suspect waste)
* Likely clean waste (also called questionable waste).
DOE-HQ defined the categories in the data request as follows.
Known Radioactive Waste. For known radioactive waste, sampling and analysis data show
radioactivity above background (background includes natural levels of radiation in materials).
Alternatively, data show that surface contamination exceeded the DOE Order 5400.5 guidelines.
Thus, sampling and analysis for this waste show that DOE operations added radioactivity to the
volume or bulk of the waste, or survey results show that surface contamination levels exceed DOE Order
5400.5 guidelines. In either case, radioactivity is present above the known background.
Clean Waste. Clean waste comes from outside a radioactive materials management area (RMMA).
For this waste, documented evidence of administrative controls, process knowledge, or sampling and
analysis data show that radioactivity is not present in the waste bulk or volume above background. Data
must also show that the surface contamination is less than DOE Order 5400.5 guidelines. Clean waste can
come from within an RMMA if analytical data confirm that DOE has not added radioactivity above
background to the waste.
Likely Radioactive Waste. Likely radioactive waste is waste that the site cannot categorize as
known radioactive or clean waste. Documented evidence of administrative controls, process knowledge,
or analytical data is not available to show that DOE operations did not add radioactivity to the waste bulk
or volume. However, this waste is similar in form or type, or it comes from the same process or areas as a
known radioactive waste.
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Casey, C.; Kudera, D.E.; Page, L.A. & Rohe, M.J. Savannah River Site offsite hazardous waste shipment data validation report. Revision 1, report, May 1, 1995; Idaho Falls, Idaho. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc620807/m1/12/: accessed August 18, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.