Description: Twenty-three of the 63 monitoring wells in the 643-G burial ground consistently contain measurable (> 1 ppm) amounts of total organic carbon, TOC. Of these 23 wells, 10 that contain elevated (2--400 ppm) TOC were chosen for in-depth analysis of semivolatile organics by gas chromatography/mass spectrometry, GC/MS. A well located near the site of previous decontamination operations was also chosen for analysis. About 40% of the organic compounds detected in these well waters have been identified. Many of these compounds are indicative of liquid scintillation wastes, spent solvent wastes, and solvent degradation products. Four priority pollutants were present at low levels. Some of the organics identified are probably degradation products from humic substances. Organic compounds of unknown origin are also present. No strong chelators capable of increasing radionuclide mobility have been identified. Preliminary dialysis work indicates that up to 30--40% of the TOC may be present as nonvolatile humic substances that cannot be analyzed by GC/MS.
Date: September 26, 1985
Creator: Hoeffner, S. L.; Denham, E. L. & Oblath, S. B.
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