Operating limit evaluation for disposal of uranium enrichment plant wastes

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A proposed solid waste landfill at Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant (PGDP) will accept wastes generated during normal plant operations that are considered to be non-radioactive. However, nearly all solid waste from any source or facility contains small amounts of radioactive material, due to the presence in most materials of trace quantities of such naturally occurring radionuclides as uranium and thorium. This paper describes an evaluation of operating limits, which are protective of public health and the environment, that would allow waste materials containing small amounts of radioactive material to be sent to a new solid waste landfill at PGDP. The ... continued below

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Lee, D.W.; Kocher, D.C. & Wang, J.C. February 1, 1996.

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A proposed solid waste landfill at Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant (PGDP) will accept wastes generated during normal plant operations that are considered to be non-radioactive. However, nearly all solid waste from any source or facility contains small amounts of radioactive material, due to the presence in most materials of trace quantities of such naturally occurring radionuclides as uranium and thorium. This paper describes an evaluation of operating limits, which are protective of public health and the environment, that would allow waste materials containing small amounts of radioactive material to be sent to a new solid waste landfill at PGDP. The operating limits are expressed as limits on concentrations of radionuclides in waste materials that could be sent to the landfill based on a site-specific analysis of the performance of the facility. These limits are advantageous to PGDP and DOE for several reasons. Most importantly, substantial cost savings in the management of waste is achieved. In addition, certain liabilities that could result from shipment of wastes to a commercial off-site solid waste landfill are avoided. Finally, assurance that disposal operations at the PGDP landfill are protective of public health and the environment is provided by establishing verifiable operating limits for small amounts of radioactive material; rather than relying solely on administrative controls. The operating limit determined in this study has been presented to the Commonwealth of Kentucky and accepted as a condition to be attached to the operating permit for the solid waste landfill.

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  • 29. midyear topical meeting of the Health Physics Society: naturally occuring and accelerator produced radioactive material - regulation and risk assessment, Scottsdale, AZ (United States), 7-10 Jan 1996

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  • Other: DE96004924
  • Report No.: CONF-960110--1
  • Grant Number: AC05-84OR21400
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 188534
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc672739

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Lee, D.W.; Kocher, D.C. & Wang, J.C. Operating limit evaluation for disposal of uranium enrichment plant wastes, article, February 1, 1996; Tennessee. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc672739/: accessed August 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.