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Title: Melter development needs assessment for RWMC buried wastes

Abstract

This report presents a survey and initial assessment of the existing state-of-the-art melter technology necessary to thermally treat (stabilize) buried TRU waste, by producing a highly leach resistant glass/ceramic waste form suitable for final disposal. Buried mixed transuranic (TRU) waste at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory (INEL) represents an environmental hazard requiring remediation. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) placed the INEL on the National Priorities List in 1989. Remediation of the buried TRU-contaminated waste via the CERCLA decision process is required to remove INEL from the National Priorities List. A Waste Technology Development (WTD) Preliminary Systems Design and Thermal Technologies Screening Study identified joule-heated and plasma-heated melters as the most probable thermal systems technologies capable of melting the INEL soil and waste to produce the desired final waste form (Iron-Enriched Basalt (IEB) glass/ceramic). The work reported herein then surveys the state of existing melter technology and assesses it within the context of processing INEL buried TRU wastes and contaminated soils. Necessary technology development work is recommended.

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
EG and G Idaho, Inc., Idaho Falls, ID (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE; USDOE, Washington, DC (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
5665105
Report Number(s):
EGG-WTD-9911
ON: DE92012365
DOE Contract Number:
AC07-76ID01570
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
12 MANAGEMENT OF RADIOACTIVE AND NON-RADIOACTIVE WASTES FROM NUCLEAR FACILITIES; CERAMIC MELTERS; TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT; UNDERGROUND DISPOSAL; ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS; VITRIFICATION; ALPHA-BEARING WASTES; CONTAMINATION; HAZARDS; IDAHO NATIONAL ENGINEERING LABORATORY; RADIOACTIVE WASTE MANAGEMENT; REMEDIAL ACTION; SOILS; TECHNOLOGY UTILIZATION; US SUPERFUND; ELECTRIC FURNACES; FURNACES; LAWS; MANAGEMENT; MATERIALS; NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS; POLLUTION LAWS; RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS; RADIOACTIVE WASTES; US DOE; US ERDA; US ORGANIZATIONS; WASTE DISPOSAL; WASTE MANAGEMENT; WASTES; 052001* - Nuclear Fuels- Waste Processing

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Donaldson, A.D., Carpenedo, R.J., and Anderson, G.L.. Melter development needs assessment for RWMC buried wastes. United States: N. p., 1992. Web. doi:10.2172/5665105.
Donaldson, A.D., Carpenedo, R.J., & Anderson, G.L.. Melter development needs assessment for RWMC buried wastes. United States. doi:10.2172/5665105.
Donaldson, A.D., Carpenedo, R.J., and Anderson, G.L.. 1992. "Melter development needs assessment for RWMC buried wastes". United States. doi:10.2172/5665105. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/5665105.
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