Disposal of NORM waste in salt caverns

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Some types of oil and gas production and processing wastes contain naturally occurring radioactive materials (NORM). If NORM is present at concentrations above regulatory levels in oil field waste, the waste requires special disposal practices. The existing disposal options for wastes containing NORM are limited and costly. This paper evaluates the legality, technical feasibility, economics, and human health risk of disposing of NORM-contaminated oil field wastes in salt caverns. Cavern disposal of NORM waste is technically feasible and poses a very low human health risk. From a legal perspective, there are no fatal flaws that would prevent a state regulatory ... continued below

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Veil, J.A.; Smith, K.P.; Tomasko, D.; Elcock, D.; Blunt, D. & Williams, G.P. July 1, 1998.

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Some types of oil and gas production and processing wastes contain naturally occurring radioactive materials (NORM). If NORM is present at concentrations above regulatory levels in oil field waste, the waste requires special disposal practices. The existing disposal options for wastes containing NORM are limited and costly. This paper evaluates the legality, technical feasibility, economics, and human health risk of disposing of NORM-contaminated oil field wastes in salt caverns. Cavern disposal of NORM waste is technically feasible and poses a very low human health risk. From a legal perspective, there are no fatal flaws that would prevent a state regulatory agency from approving cavern disposal of NORM. On the basis of the costs charged by caverns currently used for disposal of nonhazardous oil field waste (NOW), NORM waste disposal caverns could be cost competitive with existing NORM waste disposal methods when regulatory agencies approve the practice.

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  • 1998 Society for Petroleum Engineers international conference on health safety and environment in oil and gas exploration and production, Caracas (Venezuela), 7-10 Jun 1998

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  • Other: DE98057793
  • Report No.: ANL/EAD/CP--96006
  • Report No.: CONF-980681--
  • Grant Number: W-31109-ENG-38
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 656566
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc708694

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Veil, J.A.; Smith, K.P.; Tomasko, D.; Elcock, D.; Blunt, D. & Williams, G.P. Disposal of NORM waste in salt caverns, article, July 1, 1998; Illinois. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc708694/: accessed September 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.