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


  • Author: Rubick, L.M.
    Creator Type: Personal
  • Author: Burke, L.L.
    Creator Type: Personal


  • Sponsor: United States. Office of the Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy.
    Contributor Type: Organization
    Contributor Info: USDOE Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy, Washington, DC (United States)


  • Name: Argonne National Laboratory
    Place of Publication: Idaho Falls, Idaho
    Additional Info: Argonne National Lab., Idaho Falls, ID (United States)


  • Creation: 1998-12-31


  • English


  • Content Description: 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.
  • Physical Description: 8 p.


  • Keyword: Radioactive Waste Disposal
  • Keyword: Alpha-Bearing Wastes
  • Keyword: Certification
  • Keyword: Sludges
  • Keyword: Nondestructive Testing
  • Keyword: Wipp
  • STI Subject Categories: 05 Nuclear Fuels
  • Keyword: Gas Analysis
  • Keyword: Containment Systems
  • Keyword: Packaging
  • Keyword: Sampling


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


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


  • Name: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
    Code: UNTGD

Resource Type

  • Article


  • Text


  • 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


  • Display Note: INIS; OSTI as DE98050504