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Title: A brief history of the PUREX and UO{sub 3} facilities

Abstract

The Plutonium-Uranium Extraction (PUREX) Plant, conceived during the early Cold War years, was a vehicle to increase significantly US nuclear weapons production capacity. The original PUREX Plant was a concrete rectangle 1,005 feet long and 61.5 feet wide. The shielding capacity of the concrete was designed so that personnel in non-regulated service areas would not receive radiation in excess of 0.1 millirem per hour. This report discusses the design of the PUREX Plant, the production chronology, projects and equipment changes, equipment decontamination and reuse, waste management, and contamination events that have occurred during the operation of the plant. Additionally, the development and history of the Uranium Trioxide Plant are also covered.

Authors:
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Westinghouse Hanford Co., Richland, WA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE, Washington, DC (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
10115226
Report Number(s):
WHC-MR-0437
ON: DE94004825; TRN: 94:001209
DOE Contract Number:  
AC06-87RL10930
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: Nov 1993
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
11 NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE AND FUEL MATERIALS; PUREX PROCESS; HISTORICAL ASPECTS; HANFORD RESERVATION; ISOTOPE SEPARATION PLANTS; URANIUM TRIOXIDE; PLUTONIUM; URANIUM; 050400; FEED PROCESSING

Citation Formats

Gerber, M S. A brief history of the PUREX and UO{sub 3} facilities. United States: N. p., 1993. Web. doi:10.2172/10115226.
Gerber, M S. A brief history of the PUREX and UO{sub 3} facilities. United States. https://doi.org/10.2172/10115226
Gerber, M S. Mon . "A brief history of the PUREX and UO{sub 3} facilities". United States. https://doi.org/10.2172/10115226. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/10115226.
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abstractNote = {The Plutonium-Uranium Extraction (PUREX) Plant, conceived during the early Cold War years, was a vehicle to increase significantly US nuclear weapons production capacity. The original PUREX Plant was a concrete rectangle 1,005 feet long and 61.5 feet wide. The shielding capacity of the concrete was designed so that personnel in non-regulated service areas would not receive radiation in excess of 0.1 millirem per hour. This report discusses the design of the PUREX Plant, the production chronology, projects and equipment changes, equipment decontamination and reuse, waste management, and contamination events that have occurred during the operation of the plant. Additionally, the development and history of the Uranium Trioxide Plant are also covered.},
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place = {United States},
year = {1993},
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