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Title: 2016 Los Alamos National Laboratory Hazardous Waste Minimization Report

Abstract

Waste minimization and pollution prevention are goals within the operating procedures of Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS). The US Department of Energy (DOE), inclusive of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the Office of Environmental Management, and LANS are required to submit an annual hazardous waste minimization report to the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) in accordance with the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL or the Laboratory) Hazardous Waste Facility Permit. The report was prepared pursuant to the requirements of Section 2.9 of the LANL Hazardous Waste Facility Permit. This report describes the hazardous waste minimization program, which is a component of the overall Pollution Prevention (P2) Program, administered by the Environmental Stewardship Group (EPC-ES). This report also supports the waste minimization and P2 goals of the Associate Directorate of Environmental Management (ADEM) organizations that are responsible for implementing remediation activities and describes its programs to incorporate waste reduction practices into remediation activities and procedures. This report includes data for all waste shipped offsite from LANL during fiscal year (FY) 2016 (October 1, 2015 – September 30, 2016). LANS was active during FY2016 in waste minimization and P2 efforts. Multiple projects were funded that specifically related to reductionmore » of hazardous waste. In FY2016, there was no hazardous, mixed-transuranic (MTRU), or mixed low-level (MLLW) remediation waste shipped offsite from the Laboratory. More non-remediation hazardous waste and MLLW was shipped offsite from the Laboratory in FY2016 compared to FY2015. Non-remediation MTRU waste was not shipped offsite during FY2016. These accomplishments and analysis of the waste streams are discussed in much more detail within this report.« less

Authors:
 [1];  [1]
  1. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1334650
Report Number(s):
LA-UR-16-28635
TRN: US1700809
DOE Contract Number:
AC52-06NA25396
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
12 MANAGEMENT OF RADIOACTIVE AND NON-RADIOACTIVE WASTES FROM NUCLEAR FACILITIES; HAZARDOUS MATERIALS; LANL; MINIMIZATION; WASTES; REMEDIAL ACTION; POLLUTION ABATEMENT; TRANSPORT; Environmental Protection

Citation Formats

Salzman, Sonja L., and English, Charles Joe. 2016 Los Alamos National Laboratory Hazardous Waste Minimization Report. United States: N. p., 2016. Web. doi:10.2172/1334650.
Salzman, Sonja L., & English, Charles Joe. 2016 Los Alamos National Laboratory Hazardous Waste Minimization Report. United States. doi:10.2172/1334650.
Salzman, Sonja L., and English, Charles Joe. 2016. "2016 Los Alamos National Laboratory Hazardous Waste Minimization Report". United States. doi:10.2172/1334650. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1334650.
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