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Title: Cleanup at Los Alamos National Laboratory - the challenges - 9493

This paper provides an overview of environmental cleanup at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and some of the unique aspects and challenges. Cleanup of the 65-year old Department of Energy Laboratory is being conducted under a RCRA Consent Order with the State of New Mexico. This agreement is one of the most recent cleanup agreements signed in the DOE complex and was based on lessons learned at other DOE sites. A number of attributes create unique challenges for LANL cleanup -- the proximity to the community and pueblos, the site's topography and geology, and the nature of LANL's on-going missions. This overview paper will set the stage for other papers in this session, including papers that present: Plans to retrieve buried waste at Material Disposal Area B, across the street from oen of Los Alamos' commercial districts and the local newspaper; Progress to date and joint plans with WIPP for disposal of the remaining inventory of legacy transuranic waste; Reviews of both groundwater and surface water contamination and the factors complicating both characterization and remediation; Optimizing the disposal of low-level radioactive waste from ongoing LANL missions; A stakeholder environmental data transparency project (RACER), with full public access to allmore » available information on contamination at LANL, and A description of the approach to waste processing cost recovery from the programs that generate hazardous and radioactive waste at LANL.« less
Authors:
 [1] ;  [1] ;  [1] ;  [2]
  1. Los Alamos National Laboratory
  2. NNSL/LASO
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
956677
Report Number(s):
LA-UR-08-08053; LA-UR-08-8053
TRN: US1006248
DOE Contract Number:
AC52-06NA25396
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: Waste Management 2009 Conference ; March 2, 2009 ; Phoenix, AZ
Research Org:
Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)
Sponsoring Org:
DOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
12; AGREEMENTS; CONTAMINATION; COST RECOVERY; GROUND WATER; LANL; LOW-LEVEL RADIOACTIVE WASTES; MEETINGS; NEW MEXICO; RADIOACTIVE WASTE DISPOSAL; RADIOACTIVE WASTES; REMEDIAL ACTION; REVIEWS; ROADS; SURFACE WATERS; WASTE MANAGEMENT; WASTE PROCESSING; WASTES; WIPP