Large underground radioactive waste storage tanks successfully cleaned at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

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Waste retrieval operations were successfully completed in two large underground radioactive waste storage tanks in 1997. The US Department of Energy (DOE) and the Gunite Tanks Team worked cooperatively during two 10-week waste removal campaigns and removed approximately 58,300 gallons of waste from the tanks. About 100 gallons of a sludge and liquid heel remain in each of the 42,500 gallon tanks. These tanks are 25 ft. in diameter and 11 ft. deep, and are located in the North Tank Farm in the center of Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Less than 2% of the radioactive contaminants remain in the tanks, ... continued below

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Billingsley, K.; Burks, B.L.; Johnson, M.; Mims, C.; Powell, J. & Hoesen, D. van May 1, 1998.

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  • Billingsley, K. Solutions to Environmental Problems, Inc., Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
  • Burks, B.L. Providence Group, Knoxville, TN (United States)
  • Johnson, M. Lockheed Martin Energy Systems, Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
  • Mims, C.
  • Powell, J. Dept. of Energy, Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
  • Hoesen, D. van Lockheed Martin Energy Research, Oak Ridge, TN (United States)

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Waste retrieval operations were successfully completed in two large underground radioactive waste storage tanks in 1997. The US Department of Energy (DOE) and the Gunite Tanks Team worked cooperatively during two 10-week waste removal campaigns and removed approximately 58,300 gallons of waste from the tanks. About 100 gallons of a sludge and liquid heel remain in each of the 42,500 gallon tanks. These tanks are 25 ft. in diameter and 11 ft. deep, and are located in the North Tank Farm in the center of Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Less than 2% of the radioactive contaminants remain in the tanks, proving the effectiveness of the Radioactive Tank Cleaning System, and accomplishing the first field-scale cleaning of contaminated underground storage tanks with a robotic system in the DOE complex.

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  • SPECTRUM `98: nuclear and hazardous waste management international topical meeting, Denver, CO (United States), 13-18 Sep 1998

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  • Other: DE98005748
  • Report No.: ORNL/CP--98309
  • Report No.: CONF-980905--
  • Grant Number: AC05-98OR22700
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 671937
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc711301

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Billingsley, K.; Burks, B.L.; Johnson, M.; Mims, C.; Powell, J. & Hoesen, D. van. Large underground radioactive waste storage tanks successfully cleaned at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, article, May 1, 1998; Tennessee. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc711301/: accessed December 13, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.