Disposal of oil field wastes and NORM wastes into salt caverns.

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Salt caverns can be formed through solution mining in the bedded or domal salt formations that are found in many states. Salt caverns have traditionally been used for hydrocarbon storage, but caverns have also been used to dispose of some types of wastes. This paper provides an overview of several years of research by Argonne National Laboratory on the feasibility and legality of using salt caverns for disposing of nonhazardous oil field wastes (NOW) and naturally occurring radioactive materials (NORM), the risk to human populations from this disposal method, and the cost of cavern disposal. Costs are compared between the ... continued below

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Veil, J. A. January 27, 1999.

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Salt caverns can be formed through solution mining in the bedded or domal salt formations that are found in many states. Salt caverns have traditionally been used for hydrocarbon storage, but caverns have also been used to dispose of some types of wastes. This paper provides an overview of several years of research by Argonne National Laboratory on the feasibility and legality of using salt caverns for disposing of nonhazardous oil field wastes (NOW) and naturally occurring radioactive materials (NORM), the risk to human populations from this disposal method, and the cost of cavern disposal. Costs are compared between the four operating US disposal caverns and other commercial disposal options located in the same geographic area as the caverns. Argonne's research indicates that disposal of NOW into salt caverns is feasible and, in most cases, would not be prohibited by state agencies (although those agencies may need to revise their wastes management regulations). A risk analysis of several cavern leakage scenarios suggests that the risk from cavern disposal of NOW and NORM wastes is below accepted safe risk thresholds. Disposal caverns are economically competitive with other disposal options.

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  • 1999 ASCE Water Resources Planning and Management Conference, Tempe, AZ (US), 06/06/1999--06/09/1999

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  • Report No.: ANL/EA/CP-98309
  • Grant Number: W-31109-ENG-38
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 12400
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc623121

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Veil, J. A. Disposal of oil field wastes and NORM wastes into salt caverns., article, January 27, 1999; Illinois. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc623121/: accessed October 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.