Disposal concepts and characteristics of existing and potential low-waste repositories - 9076

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The closure of the Barnwell low-level waste (LLW) disposal facility to non-Atlantic Compact users poses significant problems for organizations seeking to remove waste material from public circulation. Beta-gamma sources such as {sup 137}Cs and {sup 90}Sr in particular create problems because in 36 states no path forward exists for disposal. Furthermore, several other countries are considering disposition of sealed sources in a variety of facilities. Like much of the United States, many of these countries currently have no means of disposal. Consequently, there is a greater tendency for sources to be misplaced or stored in insufficient facilities, resulting in an ... continued below

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Johnson, Peter J. & Zarling, John C. January 1, 2009.

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The closure of the Barnwell low-level waste (LLW) disposal facility to non-Atlantic Compact users poses significant problems for organizations seeking to remove waste material from public circulation. Beta-gamma sources such as {sup 137}Cs and {sup 90}Sr in particular create problems because in 36 states no path forward exists for disposal. Furthermore, several other countries are considering disposition of sealed sources in a variety of facilities. Like much of the United States, many of these countries currently have no means of disposal. Consequently, there is a greater tendency for sources to be misplaced or stored in insufficient facilities, resulting in an increased likelihood of unwitting exposure of nearby people to radioactive materials. This paper provides an overview of the various disposal concepts that have been employed or attempted in the United States. From these concepts, a general overview of characteristics necessary for long-term disposal is synthesized.

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  • Waste Management 2009 Annual Symposium ; March 1, 2009 ; Phoenix, AZ

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  • Report No.: LA-UR-09-00031
  • Report No.: LA-UR-09-31
  • Grant Number: AC52-06NA25396
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 956701
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc926041

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Johnson, Peter J. & Zarling, John C. Disposal concepts and characteristics of existing and potential low-waste repositories - 9076, article, January 1, 2009; [New Mexico]. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc926041/: accessed August 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.