Technical Information for Assessing Cost Responsibility for Decontamination and Decommissioning of the Gaseous Diffusion Plants
DOE INFORMATION CENTER 1 Science.gov Way, Oak Ridge, TN 37831; Eva Butler; Phone: 865-241-4780; Toll-Free: 800-382-6938, Option 6; FAX: 865-574-3521; Email: email@example.com
1992 Feb 28
Originating Research Org.:
Oak Ridge K-25 Site
OpenNet Entry Date:
1999 Sep 06
The cost of eventual decontamination and decommissioning of DOE gaseous diffusion plants at Oak Ridge, Portsmouth, and Paducah, is estimated to exceed $15 billion. The cost is increased manyfold relative to nonnuclear facilities by the fact that the key material being processed is Uranium, which is mildly radioactive with an extremely long half-life and with daughter products that are also radioactive. This study was conducted to locate information that could provide a technical basis for determining responsibility for contamination of the enrichment facilities and equipment using such areas of information as inventory difference, assay surveys of process equipment, gas releases, urinalysis data, contamination within buildings, equipment exchanges, and feeding of reprocessed Uranium.