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  • Main Title Hanford tank clean up: A guide to understanding the technical issues


  • Author: Gephart, R.E.
    Creator Type: Personal
  • Author: Lundgren, R.E.
    Creator Type: Personal


  • Sponsor: United States. Department of Energy.
    Contributor Type: Organization
    Contributor Info: USDOE, Washington, DC (United States)


  • Name: Pacific Northwest Laboratory
    Place of Publication: Richland, Washington
    Additional Info: Pacific Northwest Lab., Richland, WA (United States)


  • Creation: 1995-12-31


  • English


  • Content Description: One of the most difficult technical challenges in cleaning up the US Department of Energy`s (DOE) Hanford Site in southeast Washington State will be to process the radioactive and chemically complex waste found in the Site`s 177 underground storage tanks. Solid, liquid, and sludge-like wastes are contained in 149 single- and 28 double-shelled steel tanks. These wastes contain about one half of the curies of radioactivity and mass of hazardous chemicals found on the Hanford Site. Therefore, Hanford cleanup means tank cleanup. Safely removing the waste from the tanks, separating radioactive elements from inert chemicals, and creating a final waste form for disposal will require the use of our nation`s best available technology coupled with scientific advances, and an extraordinary commitment by all involved. The purpose of this guide is to inform the reader about critical issues facing tank cleanup. It is written as an information resource for the general reader as well as the technically trained person wanting to gain a basic understanding about the waste in Hanford`s tanks -- how the waste was created, what is in the waste, how it is stored, and what are the key technical issues facing tank cleanup. Access to information is key to better understanding the issues and more knowledgeably participating in cleanup decisions. This guide provides such information without promoting a given cleanup approach or technology use.
  • Physical Description: 80 p.


  • Keyword: Historical Aspects
  • Keyword: Program Management
  • STI Subject Categories: 05 Nuclear Fuels
  • Keyword: Radioactive Wastes
  • Keyword: Underground Storage
  • Keyword: Tanks
  • Keyword: Risk Assessment
  • Keyword: Safety


  • Other Information: PBD: [1995]


  • Name: Office of Scientific & Technical Information Technical Reports
    Code: OSTI


  • Name: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
    Code: UNTGD

Resource Type

  • Report


  • Text


  • Other: DE96004127
  • Report No.: PNL--10773
  • Grant Number: AC06-76RL01830
  • DOI: 10.2172/195769
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 195769
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc671326


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