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Title: Defense Waste Repository R&D - Inventory and Waste Characterization.


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Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
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USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
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Conference: Proposed for presentation at the SFWST Annual Working Group Meeting held May 23-25, 2017 in Las Vegas, NV.
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United States

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Sassani, David. Defense Waste Repository R&D - Inventory and Waste Characterization.. United States: N. p., 2017. Web.
Sassani, David. Defense Waste Repository R&D - Inventory and Waste Characterization.. United States.
Sassani, David. Mon . "Defense Waste Repository R&D - Inventory and Waste Characterization.". United States. doi:.
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year = {Mon May 01 00:00:00 EDT 2017},
month = {Mon May 01 00:00:00 EDT 2017}

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