Decontamination and reconditioning of the Argonne National Laboratory-West Casting Laboratory alpha glove box

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The Casting Laboratory (CL) alpha glove box was used to melt and cast metallic uranium and plutonium fuels as part of the Department of Energy`s Liquid Metal Fast Breeder Reactor Program. This highly contaminated alpha glove box was decontaminated and reconditioned to allow a change in mission. The goal of reconditioning was to install experimental apparatus and to improve contamination control prior to introducing plutonium-238 into the CL glove box. Construction of a glove box containment structure and an increase in room ventilation were required. A temporary breathing air station was provided for personnel protection as well as personnel comfort. ... continued below

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Poston, J.W. Jr. & Burke, L.L. December 31, 1998.

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    Publisher Info: Argonne National Lab., Idaho Falls, ID (United States)
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The Casting Laboratory (CL) alpha glove box was used to melt and cast metallic uranium and plutonium fuels as part of the Department of Energy`s Liquid Metal Fast Breeder Reactor Program. This highly contaminated alpha glove box was decontaminated and reconditioned to allow a change in mission. The goal of reconditioning was to install experimental apparatus and to improve contamination control prior to introducing plutonium-238 into the CL glove box. Construction of a glove box containment structure and an increase in room ventilation were required. A temporary breathing air station was provided for personnel protection as well as personnel comfort. The historical contamination levels, the decontamination techniques, and the results of decontamination also are presented. The health physics aspects of the CL alpha glove box project may be applicable to other glove box refurbishment or decommissioning projects.

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INIS; OSTI as DE98050505

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

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  • Other: DE98050505
  • Report No.: ANL/RA/CP--94686
  • Report No.: CONF-980203--
  • Grant Number: W-31109-ENG-38
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 563171
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc697894

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Poston, J.W. Jr. & Burke, L.L. Decontamination and reconditioning of the Argonne National Laboratory-West Casting Laboratory alpha glove box, article, December 31, 1998; Idaho Falls, Idaho. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc697894/: accessed October 15, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.