Application of molten salt oxidation for the minimization and recovery of plutonium-238 contaminated wastes

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This paper presents the technical and economic feasibility of molten salt oxidation technology as a volume reduction and recovery process for {sup 238}Pu contaminated waste. Combustible low-level waste material contaminated with {sup 238}Pu residue is destroyed by oxidation in a 900 C molten salt reaction vessel. The combustible waste is destroyed creating carbon dioxide and steam and a small amount of ash and insoluble {sup 2328}Pu in the spent salt. The valuable {sup 238}Pu is recycled using aqueous recovery techniques. Experimental test results for this technology indicate a plutonium recovery efficiency of 99%. Molten salt oxidation stabilizes the waste converting ... continued below

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Wishau, R.; Ramsey, K.B. & Montoya, A. December 31, 1998.

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This paper presents the technical and economic feasibility of molten salt oxidation technology as a volume reduction and recovery process for {sup 238}Pu contaminated waste. Combustible low-level waste material contaminated with {sup 238}Pu residue is destroyed by oxidation in a 900 C molten salt reaction vessel. The combustible waste is destroyed creating carbon dioxide and steam and a small amount of ash and insoluble {sup 2328}Pu in the spent salt. The valuable {sup 238}Pu is recycled using aqueous recovery techniques. Experimental test results for this technology indicate a plutonium recovery efficiency of 99%. Molten salt oxidation stabilizes the waste converting it to a non-combustible waste. Thus installation and use of molten salt oxidation technology will substantially reduce the volume of {sup 238}Pu contaminated waste. Cost-effectiveness evaluations of molten salt oxidation indicate a significant cost savings when compared to the present plans to package, or re-package, certify and transport these wastes to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant for permanent disposal. Clear and distinct cost advantages exist for MSO when the monetary value of the recovered {sup 238}Pu is considered.

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  • 19. U.S. Department of Energy low-level radioactive waste management conference, Salt Lake City, UT (United States), 10-12 Nov 1998

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  • Other: DE99002599
  • Report No.: LA-UR--98-3969
  • Report No.: CONF-981121--
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-36
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 350844
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc675940

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Wishau, R.; Ramsey, K.B. & Montoya, A. Application of molten salt oxidation for the minimization and recovery of plutonium-238 contaminated wastes, article, December 31, 1998; New Mexico. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc675940/: accessed October 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.