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Title: Annual Status Report (FY 2018): Performance Assessment for the Disposal of Low-Level Waste in the 200 East Area Burial Grounds (Rev. 0)

Abstract

This annual review provides the projected dose estimates of radionuclide inventories disposed in the active 200 East Area Low-Level Waste Burial Grounds (LLBGs) since September 26, 1988. These estimates are calculated using the original dose methodology developed in the performance assessment (PA) analysis. The estimates are compared with performance objectives defined in U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) requirements (DOE O 435.1 Chg 1 and companion documents DOE M 435.1-1 Chg 1 and DOE G 435.1-1). All performance objectives are currently satisfied, and operational waste acceptance criteria and waste acceptance practices continue to be sufficient to maintain compliance with performance objectives. Inventory estimates and associated dose estimates from future waste disposal actions are unchanged from previous years' evaluations that indicate potential impacts well below performance objectives; therefore, future compliance with DOE O 435.1 Chg 1 is expected. Within the active burial grounds, low-level waste and mixed low-level waste currently may be disposed only in the dedicated U.S. Navy reactor compartment trench in the 218-E-12B Burial Ground (Trench 94). Naval reactor compartment disposal at Trench 94 will continue. During this reporting period (fiscal year 2018, from October 1, 2017, through September 30, 2018), two reactor compartments were disposed in Trench 94. Resultsmore » from multi-year diffusion experiments are summarized for this reporting period to quantify the efficacy of concrete waste forms in retaining key radionuclides (e.g., uranium-238, technetium-99, and iodine-129). The results of sorption experiments initiated in FY 2017 to evaluate sorption coefficients for iodine and technetium are also summarized. The test durations ranged from 1 to 6 months. Continued groundwater monitoring of the 200 East Area LLBGs indicates no groundwater contamination due to LLBG waste. Current assumptions about future land use at the Hanford Site are consistent with PA analysis assumptions of a post-closure facility that will not be degraded by human activity. The LLBGs are located in an area identified for waste management and containment of residual contamination. This area will remain after final environmental remediation and the proposed shrinkage of Hanford Site boundaries to small sections within the 200 East Area and 200 West Area in the Central Plateau. Overall, there are no substantive changes to primary PA assumptions and no changes to the PA analysis conclusion; therefore, compliance with DOE O 435.1 Chg 1 is being maintained.« less

Authors:
 [1];  [1];  [2];  [2]
  1. CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company, Richland, WA (United States)
  2. INTERA, Inc., Austin, TX (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Hanford Site (HNF), Richland, WA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Environmental Management (EM)
OSTI Identifier:
1511709
Report Number(s):
DOE/RL-2018-62Rev.0
DOE Contract Number:  
AC06-08RL14788
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English

Citation Formats

Mehta, S., Nichols, Will, Khaleel, R., and Nell, R. M. Annual Status Report (FY 2018): Performance Assessment for the Disposal of Low-Level Waste in the 200 East Area Burial Grounds (Rev. 0). United States: N. p., 2019. Web. doi:10.2172/1511709.
Mehta, S., Nichols, Will, Khaleel, R., & Nell, R. M. Annual Status Report (FY 2018): Performance Assessment for the Disposal of Low-Level Waste in the 200 East Area Burial Grounds (Rev. 0). United States. doi:10.2172/1511709.
Mehta, S., Nichols, Will, Khaleel, R., and Nell, R. M. Mon . "Annual Status Report (FY 2018): Performance Assessment for the Disposal of Low-Level Waste in the 200 East Area Burial Grounds (Rev. 0)". United States. doi:10.2172/1511709. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1511709.
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abstractNote = {This annual review provides the projected dose estimates of radionuclide inventories disposed in the active 200 East Area Low-Level Waste Burial Grounds (LLBGs) since September 26, 1988. These estimates are calculated using the original dose methodology developed in the performance assessment (PA) analysis. The estimates are compared with performance objectives defined in U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) requirements (DOE O 435.1 Chg 1 and companion documents DOE M 435.1-1 Chg 1 and DOE G 435.1-1). All performance objectives are currently satisfied, and operational waste acceptance criteria and waste acceptance practices continue to be sufficient to maintain compliance with performance objectives. Inventory estimates and associated dose estimates from future waste disposal actions are unchanged from previous years' evaluations that indicate potential impacts well below performance objectives; therefore, future compliance with DOE O 435.1 Chg 1 is expected. Within the active burial grounds, low-level waste and mixed low-level waste currently may be disposed only in the dedicated U.S. Navy reactor compartment trench in the 218-E-12B Burial Ground (Trench 94). Naval reactor compartment disposal at Trench 94 will continue. During this reporting period (fiscal year 2018, from October 1, 2017, through September 30, 2018), two reactor compartments were disposed in Trench 94. Results from multi-year diffusion experiments are summarized for this reporting period to quantify the efficacy of concrete waste forms in retaining key radionuclides (e.g., uranium-238, technetium-99, and iodine-129). The results of sorption experiments initiated in FY 2017 to evaluate sorption coefficients for iodine and technetium are also summarized. The test durations ranged from 1 to 6 months. Continued groundwater monitoring of the 200 East Area LLBGs indicates no groundwater contamination due to LLBG waste. Current assumptions about future land use at the Hanford Site are consistent with PA analysis assumptions of a post-closure facility that will not be degraded by human activity. The LLBGs are located in an area identified for waste management and containment of residual contamination. This area will remain after final environmental remediation and the proposed shrinkage of Hanford Site boundaries to small sections within the 200 East Area and 200 West Area in the Central Plateau. Overall, there are no substantive changes to primary PA assumptions and no changes to the PA analysis conclusion; therefore, compliance with DOE O 435.1 Chg 1 is being maintained.},
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