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Title: LANL Waste Management Program

  1. Los Alamos National Laboratory
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Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
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USDOE Office of Environmental Management (EM)
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Conference: GSTR Pre-Visit ; 2017-03-28 - 2017-03-28 ; Los Alamos, New Mexico, United States
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United States
Environmental Protection

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Montoya, Andrew Jackson. LANL Waste Management Program. United States: N. p., 2017. Web.
Montoya, Andrew Jackson. LANL Waste Management Program. United States.
Montoya, Andrew Jackson. Tue . "LANL Waste Management Program". United States. doi:.
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year = {Tue Apr 11 00:00:00 EDT 2017},
month = {Tue Apr 11 00:00:00 EDT 2017}

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  • The first section of this report describes the methodology and computational framework for the facility accident analysis for the EM PEIS. To demonstrate the interaction of the modules, a sample calculation is presented along with a chart of the data flows; the example involves a general handling accident involving one 55-gal drum containing ER-generated LLW. General handling accidents (e.g., drops, spill of container or punctures by forklift) are expected to dominate the radiological and chemical risk to the work force. Tables of example output files present the calculation of the product of source term factors and the unit-risk conversion factor,more » and the partial accident sequence annual probability for classes of waste processing activity and accident release.« less
  • The risk to human health of potential radiological releases resulting from facility accidents constitutes an important consideration in the US Department of Energy (DOE) waste management program. The DOE Office of Environmental Management (EM) is currently preparing a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) that evaluates the risks associated with managing five types of radiological and chemical wastes in the DOE complex. Several alternatives for managing each of the five waste types are defined and compared in the EM PEIS. The alternatives cover a variety of options for storing, treating, and disposing of the wastes. Several treatment methods and operation locationsmore » are evaluated as part of the alternatives. The risk induced by potential facility accidents is evaluated for storage operations (current and projected waste storage and post-treatment storage) and for waste treatment facilities. For some of the five waste types considered, facility accidents cover both radiological and chemical releases. This paper summarizes the facility accident analysis that was performed for low-level (radioactive) waste (LLW). As defined in the EM PEIS, LLW includes all radioactive waste not classified as high-level, transuranic, or spent nuclear fuel. LLW that is also contaminated with chemically hazardous components is treated separately as low-level mixed waste (LLMW).« less
  • A prioritization process is used to evaluate and rank proposed construction projects within the Department of Energy`s Waste Management program. The process is used to determine which projects should proceed with conceptual design activities. The proposed construction projects are evaluated against a set of criteria which reflect Waste Management priorities. A management review team ranks and scores the projects thereby generating a prioritized list of projects. Despite decreasing budgets and changing political climates, the process has been a successful decision-aiding tool for selecting construction projects to carry out the Waste Management mission within the Department of Energy.