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Waste Management
radionuclides. However, the facility remains open pending completion review by
DOE Headquarters and issuance of the Disposal Authorization Statement.
Long-lived waste and low-level waste with high activity continue to be sent to
storage facilities on the ORR.
As in the past, it is critically important for DOE to develop - and adequately
fund - off-site facilities that will accept radioactive waste unsuitable for disposal
on the ORR. Since our last report, the inventory of low-level radioactive waste
increased to 40,000 cubic meters, with an expected generation rate of 10,000
cubic meters a year.
Recycling, Decontamination and Decommissioning
At ETTP, DOE began demolition in October 1997 of five deteriorating process
support buildings. The project is known as Auxiliary Facilities Demolition
(Group I) Buildings. The buildings were contaminated with uranium, asbestos,
and small amounts of hazardous and PCB-contaminated materials. The demoli-
tion was essentially complete at the end of June 1999. So far, 122 B-25 boxes of
LLW from the project have been sent to Envirocare of Utah, and another 62
boxes are scheduled to be sent there. Efforts to decontaminate and recycle struc-
tural steel from K-1131 were unsuccessful because of the labor involved.
Attempts to decontaminate the slabs of three buildings were also unsuccessful,
and the slabs were paved with asphalt to fix the contamination. The project is
expected to be completed for the projected cost of $5 million.
The D&D of Building K-1420 began this fiscal year. Initially, this effort was
projected to cost about $10 million, with a completion date of November 2000.
Because a number of previously unidentified work items have been added to the
contractor's scope of work, it is now projected to cost $11.4 million, with a com-
pletion date of early 2001. Various materials and equipment are being decontam-
inated and removed from K-1420. The LLW and mixed waste are being pack-
aged in B-25 boxes and 55-gallon drums for pickup by BJC and storage on site.
Asbestos abatement and electrical modifications are also ongoing in K-1420.
Completed activities include:
/ Removal of the K-1421 Incinerator House
/ Removal of the K-700-A-42 Switchyard
On Aug. 25, 1997, British Nuclear Fuels Ltd. (BNFL) and DOE signed a con-
tract for the ETIP Three Building (K-29, K-31 and K-33) D&D and Recycle
Project. The total value of this fixed-price contract is $293 million, but BNFL is


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