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Title: Analysis of vapor samples from the Organice PISA high level waste tanks

Abstract

Analyses for organic materials in vapor samples taken from the eight High Level Waste tanks (26F, 33F, 46F, 11H, 22H, 32H, 39H, and 43H) have been completed. Of these tanks, 26F, 33F, and 43H are designated 'organic'' tanks. Samples were collected on solvent desorption (SD) tubes (containing activated charcoal) from various heights above the tank waste. Tank ventilation was stopped for one hour prior to sampling and was not reinitiated until sample collection was complete. The results indicate that the concentration of organic materials is extremely low in all samples. Some organic materials were found in the vapor samples but in nanogram/liter (ng/L) quantities. These materials were present in the samples within the practical quantitation limit (PQL), which represents a practical and routinely achievable detection limit with a relatively good certainty that any reported value is reliable. Because of the low levels and the fact that no field background analysis was run (laboratory background analyses were run), the researchers cannot absolutely determine whether the materials were actually taken from the waste tanks or whether they are from environmental background. In any case, the quantities of material found are several orders magnitude below that which would comprise a flammability concern.

Authors:
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Savannah River Site (US)
Sponsoring Org.:
US Department of Energy (US)
OSTI Identifier:
756181
Report Number(s):
WSRC-TR-2000-00090
TRN: US0401613
DOE Contract Number:  
AC09-96SR18500
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: 1 Jun 2000; PBD: 1 Jun 2000
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
12 MANAGEMENT OF RADIOACTIVE WASTES, AND NON-RADIOACTIVE WASTES FROM NUCLEAR FACILITIES; 11 NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE AND FUEL MATERIALS; CHARCOAL; DESORPTION; FLAMMABILITY; SAMPLING; SENSITIVITY; SOLVENTS; TANKS; VENTILATION; WASTES; SAVANNAH RIVER PLANT; HIGH-LEVEL RADIOACTIVE WASTES; RADIOACTIVE WASTE STORAGE; STORAGE FACILITIES; GAS ANALYSIS; ORGANIC COMPOUNDS; SAFETY ENGINEERING

Citation Formats

Swingle, R.F. II. Analysis of vapor samples from the Organice PISA high level waste tanks. United States: N. p., 2000. Web. doi:10.2172/756181.
Swingle, R.F. II. Analysis of vapor samples from the Organice PISA high level waste tanks. United States. doi:10.2172/756181.
Swingle, R.F. II. Thu . "Analysis of vapor samples from the Organice PISA high level waste tanks". United States. doi:10.2172/756181. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/756181.
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title = {Analysis of vapor samples from the Organice PISA high level waste tanks},
author = {Swingle, R.F. II},
abstractNote = {Analyses for organic materials in vapor samples taken from the eight High Level Waste tanks (26F, 33F, 46F, 11H, 22H, 32H, 39H, and 43H) have been completed. Of these tanks, 26F, 33F, and 43H are designated 'organic'' tanks. Samples were collected on solvent desorption (SD) tubes (containing activated charcoal) from various heights above the tank waste. Tank ventilation was stopped for one hour prior to sampling and was not reinitiated until sample collection was complete. The results indicate that the concentration of organic materials is extremely low in all samples. Some organic materials were found in the vapor samples but in nanogram/liter (ng/L) quantities. These materials were present in the samples within the practical quantitation limit (PQL), which represents a practical and routinely achievable detection limit with a relatively good certainty that any reported value is reliable. Because of the low levels and the fact that no field background analysis was run (laboratory background analyses were run), the researchers cannot absolutely determine whether the materials were actually taken from the waste tanks or whether they are from environmental background. In any case, the quantities of material found are several orders magnitude below that which would comprise a flammability concern.},
doi = {10.2172/756181},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {2000},
month = {6}
}

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