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Title: SRS: Site ranking system for hazardous chemical and radioactive waste

This report describes the rationale and presents instructions for a site ranking system (SRS). SRS ranks hazardous chemical and radioactive waste sites by scoring important and readily available factors that influence risk to human health. Using SRS, sites can be ranked for purposes of detailed site investigations. SRS evaluates the relative risk as a combination of potentially exposed population, chemical toxicity, and potential exposure of release from a waste site; hence, SRS uses the same concepts found in a detailed assessment of health risk. Basing SRS on the concepts of risk assessment tends to reduce the distortion of results found in other ranking schemes. More importantly, a clear logic helps ensure the successful application of the ranking procedure and increases its versatility when modifications are necessary for unique situations. Although one can rank sites using a detailed risk assessment, it is potentially costly because of data and resources required. SRS is an efficient approach to provide an order-of-magnitude ranking, requiring only readily available data (often only descriptive) and hand calculations. Worksheets are included to make the system easier to understand and use. 88 refs., 19 figs., 58 tabs.
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
7039964
Report Number(s):
DOE/HWP-26; SAND-86-2994
ON: DE88013000; TRN: 88-025106
DOE Contract Number:
AC04-76DP00789
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Research Org:
Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (USA)
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; HAZARDOUS MATERIALS; WASTE DISPOSAL; RADIOACTIVE WASTES; CLASSIFICATION; ENVIRONMENTAL EXPOSURE PATHWAY; EVALUATION; RISK ASSESSMENT; SITE CHARACTERIZATION; TOXICITY; MANAGEMENT; MATERIALS; RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS; WASTE MANAGEMENT; WASTES 052002* -- Nuclear Fuels-- Waste Disposal & Storage; 053000 -- Nuclear Fuels-- Environmental Aspects