Vitrification of Rocky Flats ash followed by encapsulation in the Defense Waste Processing Facility

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The Department of Energy (DOE) manages approximately 10 to 20 metric tons of plutonium in the form of scrap, residues, oxides, ash, metal, sludge, compounds, etc. Not all of this material is chemically stable or is packaging acceptable for storage. Thus, it constitutes a potential hazard to employees and to the public. This paper describes a relatively simple concept for stabilizing most of this type of plutonium by converting it into encapsulated glass. A full-scale hot demonstration of the concept is proposed, in which Rock Flats ash would be vitrified and sealed in small cans, followed by encapsulation of the ... continued below

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Becker, G.W. Jr. & McKibben, J.M. June 1, 1996.

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The Department of Energy (DOE) manages approximately 10 to 20 metric tons of plutonium in the form of scrap, residues, oxides, ash, metal, sludge, compounds, etc. Not all of this material is chemically stable or is packaging acceptable for storage. Thus, it constitutes a potential hazard to employees and to the public. This paper describes a relatively simple concept for stabilizing most of this type of plutonium by converting it into encapsulated glass. A full-scale hot demonstration of the concept is proposed, in which Rock Flats ash would be vitrified and sealed in small cans, followed by encapsulation of the cans in Defense Waste Processing Facility canisters with high-level glass.

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INIS; OSTI as DE96011037

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  • Annual meeting of the American Nuclear Society (ANS), Reno, NV (United States), 16-20 Jun 1996

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  • Other: DE96011037
  • Report No.: WSRC-MS--96-0196
  • Report No.: CONF-9606116--47
  • Grant Number: AC09-89SR18035
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 253079
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc664196

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Becker, G.W. Jr. & McKibben, J.M. Vitrification of Rocky Flats ash followed by encapsulation in the Defense Waste Processing Facility, article, June 1, 1996; Aiken, South Carolina. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc664196/: accessed October 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.