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Title: Sealed source and device removal and consolidation feasibility study

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to assess the feasibility of removing Greater-Than-Class C (GTCC) sealed sources from their containment device and consolidating them for transport to a storage or disposal facility. A sealed source is a sealed capsule containing a radioactive material that is placed in a device providing radioactive containment. It is used in the medical, industrial, research, and food-processing communities for calibrating, measuring, gauging, controlling processes, and testing. This feasibility study addresses the key operational, safety, regulatory, and financial requirements of the removal/consolidation process. This report discusses the process to receive, handle, repackage, and ship these sources to an interim or dedicated storage facility until a final disposal repository can be built and become operational ([approximately] c. 2010). The study identifies operational and facility requirements to perform this work. Hanford, other DOE facilities, and private hot-cell facilities were evaluated to determine which facilities could perform this work. The personnel needed, design and engineering, facility preparation, process waste disposal requirements, and regulatory compliance were evaluated to determine the cost to perform this work. Cost requirements for items that will have to meet future changing regulatory requirements for transportation, transportation container design and engineering, and disposal were not includedmore » in this study. The cost associated with in-process consolidation of the sealed sources reported in this study may have not been modified for inflation and were based on 1992 dollars. This study shows that sealed source consolidation is possible with minimal personnel exposure, and would reduce the risk of radioactive releases to the environment. An initial pilot-scale operation could evaluate the possible methods to reduce the cost and consolidate sources.« less

Authors:
; ;  [1]
  1. Pacific Northwest Lab., Richland, WA (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
EG and G Idaho, Inc., Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Pacific Northwest Lab., Richland, WA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE; USDOE, Washington, DC (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
6636313
Report Number(s):
DOE/LLW-166
ON: DE93013696
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; 11 NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE AND FUEL MATERIALS; SEALED SOURCES; REMOVAL; AMENDMENTS; COMPLIANCE; COST; DESIGN; ENGINEERING; FEASIBILITY STUDIES; LOW-LEVEL RADIOACTIVE WASTES; MATERIALS HANDLING; NUCLEAR WASTE POLICY ACTS; PERSONNEL; STORAGE; ANIMALS; LAWS; MAMMALS; MAN; MATERIALS; PRIMATES; RADIATION SOURCES; RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS; RADIOACTIVE WASTES; VERTEBRATES; WASTE DISPOSAL ACTS; WASTES; 052000* - Nuclear Fuels- Waste Management; 050900 - Nuclear Fuels- Transport, Handling, & Storage

Citation Formats

Ward, J E, Carter, J G, and Meyers, R L. Sealed source and device removal and consolidation feasibility study. United States: N. p., 1993. Web.
Ward, J E, Carter, J G, & Meyers, R L. Sealed source and device removal and consolidation feasibility study. United States.
Ward, J E, Carter, J G, and Meyers, R L. Mon . "Sealed source and device removal and consolidation feasibility study". United States.
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title = {Sealed source and device removal and consolidation feasibility study},
author = {Ward, J E and Carter, J G and Meyers, R L},
abstractNote = {The purpose of this study is to assess the feasibility of removing Greater-Than-Class C (GTCC) sealed sources from their containment device and consolidating them for transport to a storage or disposal facility. A sealed source is a sealed capsule containing a radioactive material that is placed in a device providing radioactive containment. It is used in the medical, industrial, research, and food-processing communities for calibrating, measuring, gauging, controlling processes, and testing. This feasibility study addresses the key operational, safety, regulatory, and financial requirements of the removal/consolidation process. This report discusses the process to receive, handle, repackage, and ship these sources to an interim or dedicated storage facility until a final disposal repository can be built and become operational ([approximately] c. 2010). The study identifies operational and facility requirements to perform this work. Hanford, other DOE facilities, and private hot-cell facilities were evaluated to determine which facilities could perform this work. The personnel needed, design and engineering, facility preparation, process waste disposal requirements, and regulatory compliance were evaluated to determine the cost to perform this work. Cost requirements for items that will have to meet future changing regulatory requirements for transportation, transportation container design and engineering, and disposal were not included in this study. The cost associated with in-process consolidation of the sealed sources reported in this study may have not been modified for inflation and were based on 1992 dollars. This study shows that sealed source consolidation is possible with minimal personnel exposure, and would reduce the risk of radioactive releases to the environment. An initial pilot-scale operation could evaluate the possible methods to reduce the cost and consolidate sources.},
doi = {},
journal = {},
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place = {United States},
year = {1993},
month = {2}
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