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WHC-SD-WM-ER-543, Rev. 0
Assessment of Chemical Vulnerabilities in the
Hanford High-Level Waste Tanks
J. E. Meacham et al.
Westinghouse Hanford Company, Richland, WA 99352
U.S. Department of Energy Contract DE-AC06-87RL10930
EDT/ECN: 613767 UC: 2030
Org Code: 74E10 Charge Code: E45379
B&R Code: EW3120071 Tot al Pages~f e 3,-aMr s1
Key Words: Adiabatic runaway, cooling characteristic, combustion,
ferrocyanide, flammable gas, organic complexants, and organic solvents
Abstract: The purpose of this report is to summarize results of
relevant data (tank farm and laboratory) and analysis related to
potential chemical vulnerabilities of the Hanford Site waste tanks.
Potential chemical safety vulnerabilities examined include spontaneous
runaway reactions, condensed phase waste combustibility, and tank
headspace flammability. The major conclusions of the report are the
following: Spontaneous runaway reactions are not credible; condensed
phase combustion is not likely; and periodic releases of flammable gas
can be mit-igated by interim stabilization.
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