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Title: Facility-specific waste minimization plans at Westinghouse Hanford Company

Abstract

A waste minimization program is required by public law and federal and state regulations for hazardous waste generators and treatment, storage, and disposal facilities. The US Department of Energy (DOE) has directed its contractors to develop an effective strategy to minimize the generation of hazardous, radioactive, and mixed wastes at the Hanford Site in compliance with state and federal regulations. Since Westinghouse Hanford Company (Westinghouse Hanford) has a large and diversified operation, a key component of the Westinghouse Hanford waste minimization program is facility-specific waste minimization plans which document present and future activities to reduce the volume and toxicity of waste generated. Preparation and implementation of these plans will demonstrate facility compliance to Westinghouse Hanford and DOE requirements, as well as state and federal regulations. The plans include both the goals and the activities for their achievement and provide a basis for evaluation. Preparation of the plans is divided into two phases. The first phase involves writing the general'' plan which describes the facility operations, the types of waste produced, and the administrative controls used by the facility to ensure waste minimization. The second phase involves a detailed characterization of each waste stream. This characterization includes baselining the quantity ofmore » waste generated, brainstorming possible options to minimize waste, and documenting other factors such as cost and environmental and safety issues involved with the generation of the waste. This section is ever-changing as more information is obtained and as the waste minimization program evolves. 2 figs.« less

Authors:
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Westinghouse Hanford Co., Richland, WA (USA)
Sponsoring Org.:
DOE/EM
OSTI Identifier:
6983418
Report Number(s):
WHC-SA-0818; CONF-900631-2
ON: DE90015376
DOE Contract Number:
AC06-87RL10930
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: International conference on pollution prevention: clean technologies and clean products--the environmental challenge of the 1990's, Washington, DC (USA), 10-13 Jun 1990
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; HANFORD RESERVATION; WASTE MANAGEMENT; HAZARDOUS MATERIALS; MINIMIZATION; RADIOACTIVE WASTES; REGULATIONS; COMPLIANCE; ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS; IMPLEMENTATION; PLANNING; PUBLIC POLICY; RADIOACTIVE WASTE FACILITIES; STORAGE FACILITIES; MANAGEMENT; MATERIALS; NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS; NUCLEAR FACILITIES; RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS; US DOE; US ERDA; US ORGANIZATIONS; WASTES; 052000* - Nuclear Fuels- Waste Management; 056000 - Nuclear Fuels- Legislation & Regulations- (1987-)

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Craig, P.A.. Facility-specific waste minimization plans at Westinghouse Hanford Company. United States.
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  • Companies that generate hazardous waste materials are now required by national regulations to establish a waste minimization program. Accordingly, in FY88 the Westinghouse Hanford Company formed a waste minimization team organization. The purpose of the team is to assist the company in its efforts to minimize the generation of waste, train personnel on waste minimization techniques, document successful waste minimization effects, track dollar savings realized, and to publicize and administer an employee incentive program. A number of significant actions have been successful, resulting in the savings of materials and dollars. The team itself has been successful in establishing some worthwhilemore » minimization projects. This document briefly describes the waste minimization actions that have been successful to date. 2 refs., 26 figs., 3 tabs.« less
  • The purpose of this plan is to establish the Westinghouse Hanford Company's Waste Minimization Program. The plan specifies activities and methods that will be employed to reduce the quantity and toxicity of waste generated at Westinghouse Hanford Company (Westinghouse Hanford). It is designed to satisfy the US Department of Energy (DOE) and other legal requirements that are discussed in Subsection C of the section. The Pollution Prevention Awareness Program is included with the Waste Minimization Program as permitted by DOE Order 5400.1 (DOE 1988a). This plan is based on the Hanford Site Waste Minimization and Pollution Prevention Awareness Program Plan,more » which directs DOE Field Office, Richland contractors to develop and maintain a waste minimization program. This waste minimization program is an organized, comprehensive, and continual effort to systematically reduce waste generation. The Westinghouse Hanford Waste Minimization Program is designed to prevent or minimize pollutant releases to all environmental media from all aspects of Westinghouse Hanford operations and offers increased protection of public health and the environment. 14 refs., 2 figs., 1 tab.« less
  • Companies that generate hazardous wastes are now required by Federal regulations to establish a waste minimization program. Accordingly, in Fiscal Year 1988 the Westinghouse Hanford Company formed a waste minimization team organization to help implement this program. One purpose of the team is to document successful waste minimization efforts and to track dollar savings realized. A number of significant actions have been successful, resulting in the savings of $7.6 million for Fiscal Year 1988. This document describes Westinghouse Hanford Company waste minimization actions that were successful. 2 refs., 2 tabs.
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  • The historical factors that led to the waste at Hanford are outlined. Westinghouse Hanford Company mission and organization are described. The role of the Quality Oversight organization in nuclear hazardous waste management and environmental restoration at Westinghouse Hanford Company is delineated. Tank Waste Remediation Systems activities and the role of the Quality Oversight organization are described as they apply to typical projects. Quality Oversight`s role as the foundation for implementation of systems engineering and operation research principles is pointed out.