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Title: Characterization of Vadose Zone Sediment: Uncontaminated RCRA Borehole Core Samples and Composite Samples

Abstract

This report was revised in September 2008 to remove acid-extractable sodium data from Tables 4.14, 4.16, 5.20, 5.22, 5.43, and 5.45. The sodium data was removed due to potential contamination introduced during the acid extraction process. The rest of the text remains unchanged from the original report issued in February 2002. The overall goal of the of the Tank Farm Vadose Zone Project, led by CH2M HILL Hanford Group, Inc., is to define risks from past and future single-shell tank farm activities. To meet this goal, CH2M HILL Hanford Group, Inc. asked scientists from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to perform detailed analyses on vadose zone sediment from within the S-SX Waste Management Area. This report is one in a series of four reports to present the results of these analyses. Specifically, this report contains all the geologic, geochemical, and selected physical characterization data collected on vadose zone sediment recovered from Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) borehole bore samples and composite samples.

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Research Org.:
Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
938580
Report Number(s):
PNNL-13757-1 Rev. 1
830403000; TRN: US0806088
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; 58 GEOSCIENCES; RADIOACTIVE WASTE FACILITIES; STORAGE FACILITIES; SEDIMENTS; HANFORD RESERVATION; GEOLOGY; GEOCHEMISTRY; PHYSICAL PROPERTIES; characterization; geochemical; mineralogy; physical properties; sediments; vadose zone

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Serne, R. Jeffrey, Bjornstad, Bruce N., Schaef, Herbert T., Williams, Bruce A., Lanigan, David C., Horton, Duane G., Clayton, Ray E., Mitroshkov, Alexandre V., Legore, Virginia L., O'Hara, Matthew J., Brown, Christopher F., Parker, Kent E., Kutnyakov, Igor V., Serne, Jennifer N., Last, George V., Smith, Steven C., Lindenmeier, Clark W., Zachara, John M., and Burke, Deborah S. Characterization of Vadose Zone Sediment: Uncontaminated RCRA Borehole Core Samples and Composite Samples. United States: N. p., 2008. Web. doi:10.2172/938580.
Serne, R. Jeffrey, Bjornstad, Bruce N., Schaef, Herbert T., Williams, Bruce A., Lanigan, David C., Horton, Duane G., Clayton, Ray E., Mitroshkov, Alexandre V., Legore, Virginia L., O'Hara, Matthew J., Brown, Christopher F., Parker, Kent E., Kutnyakov, Igor V., Serne, Jennifer N., Last, George V., Smith, Steven C., Lindenmeier, Clark W., Zachara, John M., & Burke, Deborah S. Characterization of Vadose Zone Sediment: Uncontaminated RCRA Borehole Core Samples and Composite Samples. United States. doi:10.2172/938580.
Serne, R. Jeffrey, Bjornstad, Bruce N., Schaef, Herbert T., Williams, Bruce A., Lanigan, David C., Horton, Duane G., Clayton, Ray E., Mitroshkov, Alexandre V., Legore, Virginia L., O'Hara, Matthew J., Brown, Christopher F., Parker, Kent E., Kutnyakov, Igor V., Serne, Jennifer N., Last, George V., Smith, Steven C., Lindenmeier, Clark W., Zachara, John M., and Burke, Deborah S. Thu . "Characterization of Vadose Zone Sediment: Uncontaminated RCRA Borehole Core Samples and Composite Samples". United States. doi:10.2172/938580. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/938580.
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title = {Characterization of Vadose Zone Sediment: Uncontaminated RCRA Borehole Core Samples and Composite Samples},
author = {Serne, R. Jeffrey and Bjornstad, Bruce N. and Schaef, Herbert T. and Williams, Bruce A. and Lanigan, David C. and Horton, Duane G. and Clayton, Ray E. and Mitroshkov, Alexandre V. and Legore, Virginia L. and O'Hara, Matthew J. and Brown, Christopher F. and Parker, Kent E. and Kutnyakov, Igor V. and Serne, Jennifer N. and Last, George V. and Smith, Steven C. and Lindenmeier, Clark W. and Zachara, John M. and Burke, Deborah S.},
abstractNote = {This report was revised in September 2008 to remove acid-extractable sodium data from Tables 4.14, 4.16, 5.20, 5.22, 5.43, and 5.45. The sodium data was removed due to potential contamination introduced during the acid extraction process. The rest of the text remains unchanged from the original report issued in February 2002. The overall goal of the of the Tank Farm Vadose Zone Project, led by CH2M HILL Hanford Group, Inc., is to define risks from past and future single-shell tank farm activities. To meet this goal, CH2M HILL Hanford Group, Inc. asked scientists from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to perform detailed analyses on vadose zone sediment from within the S-SX Waste Management Area. This report is one in a series of four reports to present the results of these analyses. Specifically, this report contains all the geologic, geochemical, and selected physical characterization data collected on vadose zone sediment recovered from Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) borehole bore samples and composite samples.},
doi = {10.2172/938580},
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place = {United States},
year = {Thu Sep 11 00:00:00 EDT 2008},
month = {Thu Sep 11 00:00:00 EDT 2008}
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  • The overall goal of the of the Tank Farm Vadose Zone Project, led by CH2M HILL Hanford Group, Inc., is to define risks from past and future single-shell tank farm activities. To meet this goal, CH2M HILL Hanford Group, Inc. asked scientists from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to perform detailed analyses on vadose zone sediment from within the S-SX Waste Management Area. This report is the first in a series of four reports to present the results of these analyses. Specifically, this report contains all the geologic, geochemical, and selected physical characterization data collected on vadose zone sediment recovered frommore » RCRA borehole bore samples and composite samples. Intact cores from two RCRA boreholes (299-W22-48 and 299-W22-50) near the SX Tank Farm and four, large-quantity grab samples from outcrop sediment on and off the Hanford Site were sampled to better understand the fate of contaminants in the vadose zone beneath underground storage tanks at the Hanford Site. Borehole and outcrop samples analyzed for this report are located outside the tank farms, and therefore may be considered standard or background samples from which to compare contaminated sediments within the tank farms themselves. This report presents our interpretation of the physical, chemical, and mineralogical properties of the uncontaminated vadose zone sediments, and variations in the vertical distribution of these properties. The information presented in this report is intended to support preparation of the S-SX Field Investigation Report to be prepared by CH2M Hill Hanford Group, Inc. as well as future remediation actions at the S-SX Tank Farm.« less
  • This report was revised in September 2008 to remove acid-extractable sodium data from Table 4.8. The sodium data was removed due to potential contamination introduced during the acid extraction process. The rest of the text remains unchanged from the original report issued in June 2003. The overall goals of the of the Tank Farm Vadose Zone Project, led by CH2M HILL Hanford Group, Inc., are: 1) to define risks from past and future single-shell tank farm activities, 2) to identify and evaluate the efficacy of interim measures, and 3) to aid via collection of geotechnical information and data, future decisionsmore » that must be made by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) regarding the near-term operations, future waste retrieval, and final closure activities for the single-shell tank waste management areas. For a more complete discussion of the goals of the Tank Farm Vadose Zone Project, see the overall work plan, Phase 1 RCRA Facility Investigation/Corrective Measures Study Work Plan for the Single-Shell Tank Waste Management Areas (DOE 1999). Specific details on the rationale for activities performed at the B-BX-BY tank farm waste management area are found in CH2M HILL (2000).« less
  • This report summarizes data collected from samples in borehole 299-E33-338 (C3391). Borehole 299-E33-338 was drilled for two purposes. One purpose was for installation of a RCRA ground-water monitoring well and the other was to characterize the in situ soils and background porewater chemistry near WMA B-BX-BY that have been largely uncontaminated by tank farm and crib and trench discharge operations. This borehole was drilled just outside the southeast fence line of the B tank farm. The borehole was drilled between July 23 and August 8, 2001 to a total depth of 80.05 m (275.75 ft) bgs using the cable-tool methodmore » (Horton 2002). The water table was contacted at 77.5 m (254.2 ft) bgs and the top of basalt at 82.6 m (271 ft) bgs. Samples to the top of basalt were collected via a drive barrel/splitspoon, before switching to a hard tool to drill 5 feet into the basalt. Nearly continuous core was obtained down to a depth of ~78.6 m (258 ft) bgs. Two hundred and two 2-ft long by 4-in diameter cores were retrieved, which accounts for ~75% the total length of the borehole. Each 2-ft splitspoon contained two 1-ft lexan-lined core segments. The lithology of this borehole was summarized onto a field geologist's log by a CH2M HILL Hanford Group, Inc. geologist (L. D. Walker); subsequently visual inspection of the cores was performed in the laboratory by K. A. Lindsey (Kennedy/Jenks), K. D. Reynolds (Duratek), and B. N. Bjornstad (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory), who also collected 24 samples for paleomagnetic analysis. Subsamples were taken from all 102 cores for moisture content (Table B.1). In addition, 21 core subsamples were collected from a depth of geological interest for mineralogical and geochemical analysis. Data from these samples allow for comparison of uncontaminated versus contaminated soils to better understand the contributions of tank wastes and other wastewaters on the vadose zone in and around WMA B-BX-BY.« less
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