Contamination control aspects of attaching waste drums to the WIPP Waste Characterization Chamber

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Argonne National Laboratory West (ANL-W) is verifying the characterization and repackaging of contact-handled transuranic (CH-TRU) mixed waste in support of the Waste Isolation Pilot Program (WIPP) project located in Carlsbad, New Mexico. The WIPP Waste Characterization Chamber (WCC) was designed to allow opening of transuranic waste drums for this process. The WCC became operational in March of 1994 and has characterized approximately 240 drums of transuranic waste. The waste drums are internally contaminated with high levels of transuranic radionuclides. Attaching and detaching drums to the glove box posed serious contamination control problems. Prior to characterizing waste, several drum attachment techniques ... continued below

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Rubick, L.M. & Burke, L.L. December 31, 1998.

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Argonne National Laboratory West (ANL-W) is verifying the characterization and repackaging of contact-handled transuranic (CH-TRU) mixed waste in support of the Waste Isolation Pilot Program (WIPP) project located in Carlsbad, New Mexico. The WIPP Waste Characterization Chamber (WCC) was designed to allow opening of transuranic waste drums for this process. The WCC became operational in March of 1994 and has characterized approximately 240 drums of transuranic waste. The waste drums are internally contaminated with high levels of transuranic radionuclides. Attaching and detaching drums to the glove box posed serious contamination control problems. Prior to characterizing waste, several drum attachment techniques and materials were evaluated. An inexpensive HEPA filter molded into the bagging material helps with venting during detachment. The current techniques and procedures used to attach and detach transuranic waste drums to the WCC are described.

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INIS; OSTI as DE98050504

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  • 1998 Health Physics Society midyear topical meeting, Mobile, AL (United States), 8-11 Feb 1998

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  • Other: DE98050504
  • Report No.: ANL/RA/CP--94689
  • Report No.: CONF-980203--
  • Grant Number: W-31109-ENG-38
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 563172
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc692456

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Rubick, L.M. & Burke, L.L. Contamination control aspects of attaching waste drums to the WIPP Waste Characterization Chamber, article, December 31, 1998; Idaho Falls, Idaho. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc692456/: accessed December 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.