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Title: Facility-specific waste minimization plans at Westinghouse Hanford Company

A waste minimization program is required by public law and federal and state regulations for hazardous waste generators and treatment, storage, and disposal facilities. The US Department of Energy (DOE) has directed its contractors to develop an effective strategy to minimize the generation of hazardous, radioactive, and mixed wastes at the Hanford Site in compliance with state and federal regulations. Since Westinghouse Hanford Company (Westinghouse Hanford) has a large and diversified operation, a key component of the Westinghouse Hanford waste minimization program is facility-specific waste minimization plans which document present and future activities to reduce the volume and toxicity of waste generated. Preparation and implementation of these plans will demonstrate facility compliance to Westinghouse Hanford and DOE requirements, as well as state and federal regulations. The plans include both the goals and the activities for their achievement and provide a basis for evaluation. Preparation of the plans is divided into two phases. The first phase involves writing the general'' plan which describes the facility operations, the types of waste produced, and the administrative controls used by the facility to ensure waste minimization. The second phase involves a detailed characterization of each waste stream. This characterization includes baselining the quantity ofmore » waste generated, brainstorming possible options to minimize waste, and documenting other factors such as cost and environmental and safety issues involved with the generation of the waste. This section is ever-changing as more information is obtained and as the waste minimization program evolves. 2 figs.« less
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
6983418
Report Number(s):
WHC-SA-0818; CONF-900631--2
ON: DE90015376
DOE Contract Number:
AC06-87RL10930
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: International conference on pollution prevention: clean technologies and clean products--the environmental challenge of the 1990's, Washington, DC (USA), 10-13 Jun 1990
Research Org:
Westinghouse Hanford Co., Richland, WA (USA)
Sponsoring Org:
DOE/EM
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
12 MANAGEMENT OF RADIOACTIVE AND NON-RADIOACTIVE WASTES FROM NUCLEAR FACILITIES; 11 NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE AND FUEL MATERIALS; HANFORD RESERVATION; WASTE MANAGEMENT; HAZARDOUS MATERIALS; MINIMIZATION; RADIOACTIVE WASTES; REGULATIONS; COMPLIANCE; ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS; IMPLEMENTATION; PLANNING; PUBLIC POLICY; RADIOACTIVE WASTE FACILITIES; STORAGE FACILITIES; MANAGEMENT; MATERIALS; NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS; NUCLEAR FACILITIES; RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS; US DOE; US ERDA; US ORGANIZATIONS; WASTES 052000* -- Nuclear Fuels-- Waste Management; 056000 -- Nuclear Fuels-- Legislation & Regulations-- (1987-)