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  • Main Title Stabilization of Rocky Flats combustible residues contaminated with plutonium metal and organic solvents


  • Author: Bowen, S.M.
    Creator Type: Personal
  • Author: Cisneros, M.R.
    Creator Type: Personal
  • Author: Jacobson, L.L.
    Creator Type: Personal
  • Author: Schroeder, N.C.
    Creator Type: Personal
  • Author: Ames, R.L.
    Creator Type: Personal


  • Sponsor: United States. Department of Energy. Office of Environmental Management.
    Contributor Type: Organization
    Contributor Info: USDOE Office of Environmental Management (EM) (United States)


  • Name: Los Alamos National Laboratory
    Place of Publication: New Mexico
    Additional Info: Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States)


  • Creation: 1998-09-30


  • English


  • Content Description: This report describes tests on a proposed flowsheet designed to stabilize combustible residues that were generated at the Rocky Flats Environmental Technology Site (RFETS) during the machining of plutonium metal. Combustible residues are essentially laboratory trash contaminated with halogenated organic solvents and plutonium metal. The proposed flowsheet, designed by RFETS, follows a glovebox procedure that includes (1) the sorting and shredding of materials, (2) a low temperature thermal desorption of solvents from the combustible materials, (3) an oxidation of plutonium metal with steam, and (4) packaging of the stabilized residues. The role of Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in this study was to determine parameters for the low temperature thermal desorption and steam oxidation steps. Thermal desorption of carbon tetrachloride (CCl{sub 4}) was examined using a heated air stream on a Rocky Flats combustible residue surrogate contaminated with CCl{sub 4}. Three types of plutonium metal were oxidized with steam in a LANL glovebox to determine the effectiveness of this procedure for residue stabilization. The results from these LANL experiments are used to recommend parameters for the proposed RFETS stabilization flowsheet.
  • Physical Description: 38 p.


  • Keyword: Radioactive Waste Processing
  • STI Subject Categories: 12 Management Of Radioactive Wastes, And Non-Radioactive Wastes From Nuclear Facilities
  • Keyword: Organic Solvents
  • Keyword: Stabilization
  • Keyword: Rocky Flats Plant
  • Keyword: Oxidation
  • Keyword: Sorting
  • Keyword: Carbon Tetrachloride
  • Keyword: Plutonium


  • Other Information: PBD: 30 Sep 1998


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


  • Name: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
    Code: UNTGD

Resource Type

  • Report


  • Text


  • Report No.: LA-UR-98-4407
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-36
  • DOI: 10.2172/758773
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 758773
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc710226


  • Display Note: INIS; OSTI as DE00758773
  • Display Note: Medium: P; Size: 38 pages