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Title: Basic radiological studies contamination control experiments

Abstract

This report describes the results of experiments relating to contamination control performed in support of the Environmental Restoration Programs Retrieval Project. During the years 1950 to 1970 waste contaminated with plutonium and other transuranic radionuclides was disposed of in shallow land-filled pits and trenches at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory. Due to potential for migration of radionuclides to an existing aquifer the feasibility of retrieving and repackaging the waste for placement in a final repository is being examined as part of a retrieval project. Contamination control experiments were conducted to determine expected respirable and nonrespirable plutonium contaminated dust fractions and the effectiveness of various dust suppression techniques. Three soil types were tested to determine respirable fractions: Rocky Flats Plant generic soil, Radioactive Waste Management Complex generic soil, and a 1:1 blend of the two soil types. Overall, the average respirable fraction of airborne dust was 5.4% by weight. Three contamination control techniques were studied: soil fixative sprays, misting agents, and dust suppression agents. All of the tested agents proved to be effective in reducing dust in the air. Details of product performance and recommended usage are discussed.

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
EG and G Idaho, Inc., Idaho Falls, ID (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE, Washington, DC (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
10171840
Report Number(s):
EGG-WM-8724
ON: DE92019479
DOE Contract Number:
AC07-76ID01570
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: Sep 1989
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
11 NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE AND FUEL MATERIALS; 12 MANAGEMENT OF RADIOACTIVE AND NON-RADIOACTIVE WASTES FROM NUCLEAR FACILITIES; 54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; DUSTS; CONTROL; ALPHA-BEARING WASTES; RADIOACTIVE WASTE MANAGEMENT; SOILS; REMEDIAL ACTION; SAMPLING; WASTE RETRIEVAL; IDAHO NATIONAL ENGINEERING LABORATORY; 054000; 052000; 540250; HEALTH AND SAFETY; WASTE MANAGEMENT; SITE RESOURCE AND USE STUDIES

Citation Formats

Duce, S.W., Winberg, M.R., and Freeman, A.L. Basic radiological studies contamination control experiments. United States: N. p., 1989. Web. doi:10.2172/10171840.
Duce, S.W., Winberg, M.R., & Freeman, A.L. Basic radiological studies contamination control experiments. United States. doi:10.2172/10171840.
Duce, S.W., Winberg, M.R., and Freeman, A.L. Fri . "Basic radiological studies contamination control experiments". United States. doi:10.2172/10171840. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/10171840.
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title = {Basic radiological studies contamination control experiments},
author = {Duce, S.W. and Winberg, M.R. and Freeman, A.L.},
abstractNote = {This report describes the results of experiments relating to contamination control performed in support of the Environmental Restoration Programs Retrieval Project. During the years 1950 to 1970 waste contaminated with plutonium and other transuranic radionuclides was disposed of in shallow land-filled pits and trenches at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory. Due to potential for migration of radionuclides to an existing aquifer the feasibility of retrieving and repackaging the waste for placement in a final repository is being examined as part of a retrieval project. Contamination control experiments were conducted to determine expected respirable and nonrespirable plutonium contaminated dust fractions and the effectiveness of various dust suppression techniques. Three soil types were tested to determine respirable fractions: Rocky Flats Plant generic soil, Radioactive Waste Management Complex generic soil, and a 1:1 blend of the two soil types. Overall, the average respirable fraction of airborne dust was 5.4% by weight. Three contamination control techniques were studied: soil fixative sprays, misting agents, and dust suppression agents. All of the tested agents proved to be effective in reducing dust in the air. Details of product performance and recommended usage are discussed.},
doi = {10.2172/10171840},
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number = ,
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place = {United States},
year = {Fri Sep 01 00:00:00 EDT 1989},
month = {Fri Sep 01 00:00:00 EDT 1989}
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