Problems Encountered During the Radiological Remediation of Old Buildings

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With several military base closures resulting in property transfer to public use and the decommissioning of many legacy waste facilities, the opportunity for remediation of older buildings is increasing. Along with these projects, come several problems that could give the potential remediator some surprises. During the preconstruction and planning phases of the original construction activities, several generations of drawings were most likely produced for approval and permit submittal. Over the years, buildings may undergo several renovations with or without the full characterization or remediation that should be done when radioactive materials are used on a site. New walls or floors ... continued below

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Krieger, K. V. & Schillings, D. C. February 25, 2003.

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With several military base closures resulting in property transfer to public use and the decommissioning of many legacy waste facilities, the opportunity for remediation of older buildings is increasing. Along with these projects, come several problems that could give the potential remediator some surprises. During the preconstruction and planning phases of the original construction activities, several generations of drawings were most likely produced for approval and permit submittal. Over the years, buildings may undergo several renovations with or without the full characterization or remediation that should be done when radioactive materials are used on a site. New walls or floors may be built over the original construction materials. Contamination in and around the building may have resulted from processes that were accepted at the time or from inadvertent activities that may have been covered up, including accidental spills. Many buildings contain hidden rooms or accesses that over time became useless and have been closed up or over, these areas may not be very obvious. When characterizing a building the effluents of the building are usually forgotten, sewer lines are important areas to investigate. All these items could cause a remediator to overlook a potentially highly contaminated area. With more of these facilities being turned over for public use, correctly characterizing these buildings will become a more common problem.

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  • Waste Management 2003 Symposium, Tucson, AZ (US), 02/23/2003--02/27/2003

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Krieger, K. V. & Schillings, D. C. Problems Encountered During the Radiological Remediation of Old Buildings, article, February 25, 2003; Tucson, Arizona. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc782107/: accessed October 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.