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Title: Review of Mass Spectrometry Data from Waste Tank Headspace Analyses

Abstract

Numerous analytes have been categorized as tentatively identified compounds (TICs) in air samples from the headspaces of the Hanford Site high-level radioactive waste tanks. The tentative identification of these compounds was based mainly on the agreement between the observed mass spectra and a library of published mass spectra with consideration given to the gas chromatographic conditions and retention times. Many of the TICs were found in a limited number of tanks, were identified by only one laboratory or by one method, and/or were thought to be unlikely components of the waste or its degradation products. Consequently, the mass spectra of selected analytes have been reviewed to determine if their tentative identifications were correct. From our current review of 49 TICs, we found 25 that were misidentified and recommend that 54 of the associated results be flagged as suspect and 22 of the associated results be assigned a different compound name.

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Research Org.:
Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
878137
Report Number(s):
PNNL-15673
830403000; TRN: US0703441
DOE Contract Number:
AC05-76RL01830
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
12 MANAGEMENT OF RADIOACTIVE WASTES, AND NON-RADIOACTIVE WASTES FROM NUCLEAR FACILITIES; AIR; HIGH-LEVEL RADIOACTIVE WASTES; MASS SPECTRA; MASS SPECTROSCOPY; RETENTION; TANKS; WASTES; mass spectrometry; waste tank headspace

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Sklarew, Debbie S., and Mitroshkov, Alexandre V.. Review of Mass Spectrometry Data from Waste Tank Headspace Analyses. United States: N. p., 2006. Web. doi:10.2172/878137.
Sklarew, Debbie S., & Mitroshkov, Alexandre V.. Review of Mass Spectrometry Data from Waste Tank Headspace Analyses. United States. doi:10.2172/878137.
Sklarew, Debbie S., and Mitroshkov, Alexandre V.. Tue . "Review of Mass Spectrometry Data from Waste Tank Headspace Analyses". United States. doi:10.2172/878137. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/878137.
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abstractNote = {Numerous analytes have been categorized as tentatively identified compounds (TICs) in air samples from the headspaces of the Hanford Site high-level radioactive waste tanks. The tentative identification of these compounds was based mainly on the agreement between the observed mass spectra and a library of published mass spectra with consideration given to the gas chromatographic conditions and retention times. Many of the TICs were found in a limited number of tanks, were identified by only one laboratory or by one method, and/or were thought to be unlikely components of the waste or its degradation products. Consequently, the mass spectra of selected analytes have been reviewed to determine if their tentative identifications were correct. From our current review of 49 TICs, we found 25 that were misidentified and recommend that 54 of the associated results be flagged as suspect and 22 of the associated results be assigned a different compound name.},
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year = {Tue Feb 28 00:00:00 EST 2006},
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