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Title: Savannah River Site Environmental Report for 2004

Abstract

The Savannah River Site Environmental Report for 2004 (WSRC-TR-2005-00005) is prepared for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) according to requirements of DOE Order 231.1A, ''Environment, Safety and Health Reporting,'' and DOE Order 5400.5, ''Radiation Protection of the Public and Environment''. The report's purpose is to present summary environmental data that characterize site environmental management performance; confirm compliance with environmental standards and requirements; highlight significant programs and efforts; and assess the impact of SRS operations on the public and the environment.

Authors:
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
881559
Report Number(s):
WSRC-TR-2005-00005
TRN: US0603131
DOE Contract Number:
DE-AC09-96SR18500
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; PERFORMANCE; SAVANNAH RIVER PLANT; ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY

Citation Formats

Mamatey, Albert R. Savannah River Site Environmental Report for 2004. United States: N. p., 2005. Web. doi:10.2172/881559.
Mamatey, Albert R. Savannah River Site Environmental Report for 2004. United States. doi:10.2172/881559.
Mamatey, Albert R. Tue . "Savannah River Site Environmental Report for 2004". United States. doi:10.2172/881559. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/881559.
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  • The Compliance Plan Volume (Volume I) identifies project activity schedule milestones for achieving compliance with Land Disposal Restrictions (LDR). Information regarding the technical evaluation of treatment options for SRS mixed wastes is contained in the Background Volume (Volume II) and is provided for information.
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