Title: RADIOACTIVE WASTE MANAGEMENT IN THE CHERNOBYL EXCLUSION ZONE - 25 YEARS SINCE THE CHERNOBYL NUCLEAR POWER PLANT ACCIDENT. Author: Farfan, E. / Jannik, T.. Reference: HEALTH PHYSICS JOURNAL, 2011. Keywords: Radioactive waste, Chernobyl, ChNPP accident, Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. Abstract: Radioactive waste management is an important component of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant accident mitigation and remediation activities of the so-called Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. This article describes the localization and characteristics of the radioactive waste present in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone and summarizes the pathways and strategy for handling the radioactive waste related problems in Ukraine and the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, and in particular, the pathways and strategies stipulated by the National Radioactive Waste Management Program. The brief overview of the radioactive waste issues in the ChEZ presented in this article demonstrates that management of radioactive waste resulting from a ...
This study characterizes potential greater-than-Class C low-level radioactive waste streams, estimates the amounts of waste generated, and estimates their radionuclide content and distribution. Several types of low-level radioactive wastes produced by light water reactors were identified in an earlier study as being potential greater-than-Class C low-level waste, including specific activated metal components and certain process wastes in the form of cartridge filters and decontamination resins. Light water reactor operating parameters and current management practices at operating plants were reviewed and used to estimate the amounts of potential greater-than-Class C low-level waste generated per fuel cycle. The amounts of routinely generated activated metal components and process waste were estimated as a function of fuel cycle. Component-specific radionuclide content and distribution was calculated for activated metals components. Empirical data from actual low-level radioactive waste streams were used
Solid radioactive waste can be broken down into two categories: waste that contains radioisotopes with half-lives of greater than 90 days, and waste that contains radioisotopes with half-lives of less than 90 days.. Waste containing radioisotopes of half-lives less than 90 days are allowed to decay to background radiation levels before disposal. Waste with half-lives greater than 90 days are either stored or incinerated.. Less than 90 day half-life? See Solid Radioactive Waste Management. Greater than 90 day half-life? See Preparing Solid Radioactive Waste for Pickup. Radioactive carcasses? See Preparing Radioactive Carcasses for Pickup. Radioactive sharps? See Liquid Scintillation Vials, Glassware, and Plastic Containers. ...
The Central Organisation for Radioactive Waste (COVRA) is the only company in the Netherlands that is authorized to collect, process and store radioactive waste. This web site provides a general introduction to COVRAs capabilities and facilities. Movies demonstrating various processes can be accessed throughout the site. An overview of Dutch radioactive waste policies is also offered ...
A volume reduction process comprises combinations of a freezing eutectic, bulk, indirect crystallization process and a radwaste electrodialysis process. When employed as a liquid radioactive waste management system (LWMS) for light water reactors (LWRs), this process is designed to process liquid low-level radioactive waste (LLW) and to handle the radioactive influent in nuclear power plants (NPPs) prior to release to the environment and disposal of the radioactive material present in the waste streams.
The Illinois Department of Nuclear Safety has characterized the Martinsville Alternative Site (MAS) for a proposed low-level radioactive waste disposal facility. The MAS is located in east-central Illinois approximately 1.6 km (1 mi) north of the city of Martinsville. Geologic investigation of the 5.5-km2 (1380-acre) site revealed a sequence of chiefly Illinoian glacigenic sediments from 6 to 60 m (20-200 ft) thick overlying two major bedrock valleys carved in Pennsylvanian strata. Relatively permeable buried units include basal, preglacial alluvium; a complex of intraglacial and subglacial sediment; englacial deposits; and supraglacial fluvial deposits. Postglacial alluvium underlies stream valleys on and adjacent to the site. In most areas, the buried sand units are confined by low-permeability till, lacustrine sediment, colluvium, and loess. The distribution and thickness of the most extensive and continuous buried sand units have been modified considerably by subglacial erosion, and their
The Mining and Chemical Combine (MCC), located approximately 60 km north of the city of Krasnoyarsk,is one of two major sites in the Russian Federation where liquid radioactive wastes (LRW) are disposed of by deep well injection. Disposal of LRW at the MCC through the use of deep well injectio started in 1967. The Severny ("Northern") site, approximately 15 km north of the MCC, was launched after the completion of special geological surveys and explorations performed by istitutions of the Ministry of Geology and Russian Academy of Sciences. The site was designed by Mintom institutions. As of 1995, 5 million cubic meters (m3) of LRW had been injected into two deep aquifers at the site. The waste includes both radioactive fission products and nonradioactive chemicas used in reprocessing of spent fuel. The total activity, decay corrected to 1995, is approximately 250 million Curies (Ci). Detailed information about radioactive waste disposal at the Severny site is presented in Volume I of this ...
Development of the Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Managements Self-Assessment Program. This paper describes the development and implementation of the Self-Assessment (SA) Program of the Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management (RW). The basis for RWs SA program is discussed, as well as RWs approach for meeting self-assessment requirements, RWs organization for self-assessment, actions to establish RWs SA Program, and planned RW SA implementation activities. This paper also discusses how self-assessment can support programmatic decisions and actions. The RW Director has approved and issued the Self-Assessment Management Plan that describes how RW will organize and manage its SA program. He has directed Associate/Office Directors to prepare individual Implementation Plans to provide specifics on how their Offices will meet the requirements of the RW SA Program. To assist in the preparation of these Implementation Plans, the RW Self-Assessment Unit (SAU), which manages the SA Program
Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Thirty-six states could start shipping loads of radioactive waste through Texas for more than a decade - likely crisscrossing the Metroplex on major highways and train tracks - if they get approval this summer to send their contaminated materials to a West Texas disposal site.. The proposal to allow the states to send low-level waste to a site in Andrews County has prompted concern from some state lawmakers, who worry about the safety of communities along travel routes - including the Interstate 20 corridor through North Texas - and from environmentalists, who worry about radioactive leakage and contamination at the site.. An eight-member commission is expected to take up the issue in coming weeks, considering rules that would govern what materials are accepted and whether dozens of states should be allowed to send radioactive waste to the Waste Control Specialists Texas site owned by Dallas billionaire Harold Simmons.. This could open [Texas] up to not only become ...
It doesnt take an accident at Indian Point to release radioactivity into the environment. As a matter of regular operation, radioactive waste is emitted.
Radioactive waste from nuclear power plants, as well as from medical applications, industry and research, has to be isolated from the environment, particularly the habitat of humans, for a very long time. Specialists at PSI have been concerned with the safety issues surrounding safety certification for geological repositories for many years. Research at PSI focusses primarily on the physico-chemical processes inside such storage systems. The aim is to create a realistic description of the risks associated with storage of radioactive waste.
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Spent nuclear fuel, occasionally called used nuclear fuel, is nuclear fuel that has been irradiated in a nuclear reactor (usually at a nuclear power plant) to the point where it is no longer useful in sustaining a nuclear reaction.. After uranium fuel has been used in a reactor for a while, it is no longer as efficient in splitting its atoms and producing heat to make electricity. It is then called "spent" nuclear fuel. About one-fourth to one-third of the total fuel load is spent and is removed from the reactor every 12 to 18 months and replaced with fresh fuel. The spent nuclear fuel is high-level radioactive waste.. The NRC regulates all commercial reactors in the United States, including nuclear power plants that produce electricity, and university research reactors. The agency regulates the possession, transportation, storage and disposal of spent fuel produced by the nuclear reactors.. Spent nuclear fuel is highly radioactive and potentially very harmful. Standing near unshielded spent ...
In 1980, Congress passed the Low-Level Radioactive Waste Policy Act. This law encourages states to join in interstate agreements, or compacts, to provide for disposal of commercial low-level radioactive waste. The law and the 1985 act amending it were endorsed by the Governors of the 50 states. Until 1985, representatives of the Governors worked to implement the federal law through a committee of the National Governors Association. After the passage of the Low-Level Radioactive Waste Policy Amendments Act of 1985, representatives of compacts and states established an independent organization to support the objectives of the federal law and compacts: the Low-Level Radioactive Waste Forum. Read more …. ...
a. Disposition of Solid Wastes.. Solid radioactive wastes may be disposed of by burial in the ground, or at sea. In addition, certain items which contain radium such as luminous instrument dials, may be returned to a radium refining company such as the Canadian Uranium and Radium Corporation or the U. S. Radium Corporation, however, if the amounts of such dials do not justify disposition in this manner, they will be disposed of as indicated in the following paragraphs. Waste must be packaged to comply with the regulations of port authorities concerned when moved by water transportation. Personnel transporting waste materials on land and disposing of them at sea must be instructed as to the proper protective measures.. (1) Burial in the Ground.. Burial sites will be located in isolated areas of the installation and in a location identified on appropriate maps. Selection of such sites should be based upon composition of soil, absence of ground water, and the unlikelihood of erosion exposing the ...
SALT4 is a two-dimensional, analytical/displacement-discontinuity code designed to evaluate temperatures, deformation, and stresses associated with underground disposal of radioactive waste in bedded salt. SALT4 takes into account viscoelastic behavior in the pillars adjacent to excavations, transversely isotropic elastic moduli such as those exhibited by bedded or stratified rock, and excavation sequence. SALT4 can be used for parameter sensitivity analyses of two-dimensional, repository-scale, thermal and thermomechanical response in bedded salt during the excavation, operational, and post-closure phases. It is especially useful in evaluating alternative patterns and sequences of excavation or waste canister placement ...
Low-level radioactive waste (LLRW) includes all LLRW arising from the activities associated with nuclear electricity generation, from nuclear research and development, and from the production and use of radioisotopes in medicine, education, research, agriculture and industry. Examples of LLRW are contaminated materials, rags and protective clothing. It also includes contaminated soils and related wastes resulting from the very early operations of Canadas radium industry. LLRW is grouped into two broad categories, as follows:. ...
NRC RG 1.143 : DESIGN GUIDANCE FOR RADIOACTIVE WASTE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS, STRUCTURES, AND COMPONENTS INSTALLED IN LIGHT-WATER-COOLED NUCLEARPOWER PLANTS
Officials say no threat posed, but federal safety team continues to investigate. Federal nuclear safety inspectors are investigating a radioactive waste leak at SCE&Gs atomic power plant in Fairfield County.. An estimated 100 gallons of liquid waste spilled at the utilitys V.C. Summer plant, apparently from a pipe that leaked, according to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The discovery was made late last week.. State, federal and SCE&G officials say they have found no signs the material left the SCE&G nuclear plant or posed any threat to the public, but they are continuing to investigate.. Roger Hannah, a spokesman for the NRC, said the spill appears to have been linked to a failing pipe that led to a discharge point at the facility.. "Its something were looking at, Hannah said. "Anytime you have a leaking pipe, its something you dont want.. Leaking pipes at nuclear plants are under increasing scrutiny nationally in the wake of a recent Associated Press report.. The news service ...
During the course of 2001 work was carried out to develop a comprehensive syllabus for training in radioactive waste management with particular emphasis on waste safety. This was in response to both the situations where increasing numbers of requests were being received for training events on waste safety, and the recognition in the General Conference resolution of the importance of the Agency training efforts in, inter alia, radioactive waste safety. The scope of the reference training material currently under development is focused on general fundamental principles for radioactive waste (RAW) management, safety requirements on predisposal and disposal activities. It has been structured in six main areas (30 modules): General Aspects, Predisposal Management of RAW, Disposal of RAW, Management of Special Waste, Environmental Restoration and IAEA Activities on Safety of Radioactive Waste Management ...
A key component of the US energy program is to provide for the safe and permanent isolation of spent nuclear fuel and long-lived radioactive waste produced through programs related to national defense and the generation of electric power by nuclear utilities. To meet this challenge, the US Department of Energy (DOE) has developed a multi-faceted approach to the geologic disposal of long-lived nuclear wastes. Two sites are being developed or studied as current or potential deep geologic repositories for long lived radioactive wastes, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad, New Mexico and Yucca Mountain, Nevada.
Practical geologic isolation of some radioactive waste in America began 15 years ago at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in southeastern New Mexico and will continue for several years or even a few decades. By geologically sequestering natural and anthropogenic radionuclides from the easily accessible biosphere, WIPP mitigates and eliminates their legacy impact on our environment. WIPP science, engineering, and practical operating experience demonstrate that geologic isolation is as feasible and effective in America as it has been elsewhere since the 1960s. But that experience also raises questions about the intellectual and scientific foundation of modern radiation protection standards. Those reflect mainly the technological limits of available instrumentation rather than an assessment of the natural range of radiation exposure in time and space and its effects (or the lack thereof) on humans and the environment. A significant factor determining the natural range of exposure to ionizing ...
During the 40s and 50s, radioactive waste from different sources, including a small company in Beverly that processed uranium for the first atomic bombs, was dumped in Massachusetts Bay. Polly Bradley and other members of the local environmental group, Safer Waters in Massachusetts, are worried that as the LNG project moves forward and Excelerate begins to dig into the ocean floor to construct 16.5 miles of pipeline, they may run into some of that long-buried and forgotten waste.
Understanding controls on the performance of engineered barrier systems in repositories for high-level radioactive waste and spent fuel.
This issue profiles converting carbon dioxide into chemicals using light, bioremediation of radioactive waste using green algae, and modified pyrolysis processes that promise better bio-oil production.
Low levels of the radioactive isotope tritium have been found in two monitoring wells on the Vermont Yankee compound over the last two weeks.. Though the source of the contaminated water has not yet been identified, officials say it could be coming from a new leak, possibly from pipes buried in soil near the radioactive waste treatment building, where radioactive fluids are treated and stored. As part of the new probe, an Entergy hydrogeologist will be sharing data with experts from New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Feb. 10.. The two monitoring wells that have tested positive for very low concentrations of tritium (between 1,000 and 9,000 picocuries per liter, well below the EPA standard of 20,000 pc/L) are located 200 feet and 100 feet, respectively, from tritium contamination that was discovered at the nuclear power plant a little more than a year ago.. ...
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The Russian joint-stock company Atomstroyexport is going to process Slovakias radioactive waste in its facility in Sosnovyi Bor for over €5.4 million.
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This book features scientific research that supports the safe and effective disposal of radioactive waste in a geological repository. One highlight of the volume is the opening talk by Rustum Roy, who was instrumental in establishing the first symposium on this topic in 1978. Professor Roy summarizes his views of the past 19 years of progress in the field. A second highlight is the participation by several Russian and Ukrainian scientists who authored papers on nuclear waste disposal aspects of the Chernobyl Unit 4 reactor that exploded in April 1986. Additional topics include: glass formulations and properties; glass/water interactions; cements in radioactive waste management; ceramic and crystalline waste forms; spent nuclear fuel; waste processing and treatment; radiation effects in ceramics, glasses and nuclear waste materials; waste package materials; radionuclide solubility and speciation; radionuclide sorption; radionuclide transport; repository backfill; performance assessment; natural analogues
As part of an agreement signed by Russia, Norway and the U.S., known as the Arctic Military Environmental Cooperation, Brookhaven engineers are helping Russians to manage low-level radioactive waste that was generated by their program to dismantle nuclear-powered submarines. In the city of Murmansk in northwestern Russia, they recently demonstrated that a polymer sealant, Polihybrid 705, could be used to line a low-level radioactive waste storage facility, preventing radioactive contents from leaching into the ground. Brookhavens collaborator on the project, the Interbranch Coordination Center Nuclide, is collecting and analyzing data on how well the sealant is withstanding arctic and radioactive conditions. Brookhaven and Nuclide engineers will also conduct radiation-protection training sessions for the Russian shipyard workers and Navy personnel engaged in submarine dismantlement activities. This effort will lead to safer radioactive waste management practices in Russia and protect the ...
Radiation Safety personnel will remove radioactive waste from the laboratories. The transfer of the waste from the authorized user to the Radiation Safety Office will be documented on a "radioactive waste disposal form" (see attachments). Waste pickup should be requested online at. http://www.clemson.edu/research/safety/forms/rad-pickup.html. A. Dry Active Waste (DAW). 1. This waste classification is made up of normal laboratory waste, such as, paper, plastic, absorbent coverings, towels, empty test tubes and syringes, culture dishes and other glassware. DAW may contain no freestanding liquids.. 2. Items Prohibited in DAW. a. Liquid in vials, syringes, etc.. b. Hazardous/infectious/reactive materials. c. Biological tissues or products in quantities sufficient to produce an odor problem. d. Sealed/encapsulated radioactive sources. 3. Packaging. a. Dry radioactive wastes will be placed in standardized radioactive labeled waste cans that are lined with thick poly bags. Waste cans, bags, and labels ...
Three places in northern Saskatchewan may be on the map in Canadas search for a high-level radioactive waste dump site, but the spent nuclear fuel bundles may be stopped in their tracks. Communities and Indigenous organizations along potential transport routes and beyond have been passing resolutions against nuclear waste.. The Northern Village of Pinehouse, English River First Nation and the town of Creighton are all currently in the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) site selection process to find a willing host community for a deep geological repository to house the waste piling up at nuclear reactors in Quebec, New Brunswick and especially Ontario.. Canoe Lake First Nation, the town of La Loche, the Fur Block near Beauval, the Métis Nation of Saskatchewan, the Saskatchewan Aboriginal Womens Circle Corporation (SAWCC) and the Native Womens Association of Canada (NWAC) have all formally opposed the transportation and storage of nuclear waste in Saskatchewan. Others criticize ...
Yesterday in a ribbon cutting ceremony, Energy Secretary Moniz and New Mexico Governor Martinez formally re-opened the worlds only operating deep geologic nuclear waste repository, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), located near Carlsbad, New Mexico, after clean-up of a minor leak in 2014.
A Bechtel-led team studied Yucca Mountain to examine the potential of the site for the United States first national nuclear waste repository.
Currently a senior scientist with more than 40 years with the USGS, Dr. Nordstrom is recognized internationally for his research on acid mine drainage, radioactive waste disposal, geothermal chemistry, geomicrobiology, arsenic geochemistry, thermodynamics, and geochemical modeling. He has a B.A. degree in chemistry from Southern Illinois University, a M.S. degree in geology from the University of Colorado, and a PhD in applied earth sciences from Stanford University. With more than 250 publications, he is particularly known for his measurement of negative pH in mine waters, his interpretation of mine water geochemistry, his evaluation and compilation of thermodynamic properties, arsenic geochemistry, and natural background concentrations at mine sites.. Currently a senior scientist of more than 40 years experience with the U.S. Geological Survey, Dr. D. Kirk Nordstrom is recognized internationally for his research on acid mine drainage, radioactive waste disposal, geothermal chemistry, ...
Currently a senior scientist with more than 40 years with the USGS, Dr. Nordstrom is recognized internationally for his research on acid mine drainage, radioactive waste disposal, geothermal chemistry, geomicrobiology, arsenic geochemistry, thermodynamics, and geochemical modeling. He has a B.A. degree in chemistry from Southern Illinois University, a M.S. degree in geology from the University of Colorado, and a PhD in applied earth sciences from Stanford University. With more than 250 publications, he is particularly known for his measurement of negative pH in mine waters, his interpretation of mine water geochemistry, his evaluation and compilation of thermodynamic properties, arsenic geochemistry, and natural background concentrations at mine sites.. Currently a senior scientist of more than 40 years experience with the U.S. Geological Survey, Dr. D. Kirk Nordstrom is recognized internationally for his research on acid mine drainage, radioactive waste disposal, geothermal chemistry, ...
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Attendance Officials from states, compacts, federal agencies, nuclear utilities, disposal operators, brokers/processors, industry, and other interested parties are encouraged to attend the spring 2017 LLW Forum meeting.. LLW Forum meetings are an excellent opportunity to stay up-to-date on the most recent and significant developments in the area of low-level radioactive waste management and disposal. They also offer an important opportunity to network with other government and industry officials and to participate in decision-making on future actions and endeavors affecting low-level radioactive waste management and disposal.. Location and Dates The fall 2017 LLW Forum meeting will be held on Monday, October 16 (9:00 am - 6:00 p.m.) and Tuesday, October 17 (8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.) at the Hilton Alexandria Old Town Hotel, which is located at 1767 King Street in Alexandria, Virginia.. Located in the historic, vibrant King Street neighborhood, the Hilton Alexandria Old Town hotel is one of the most ...
Decades of nuclear materials production at the Department of Energys (DOE) Savannah River Site in South Carolina have left 37 million gallons of radioactive liquid waste in 49 underground storage tanks.
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Pathetically, there is a modern "solution." Atomic nations like Japan -- no bombs, but an industrial ecomony heavily reliant on nuclear power generation -- now pay desperately poor Third World sovereign nations to become Radioactive Waste Dumps. International treaties to date only prohibit nuclear waste dumping in Antarctica. North Korea -- for the last decade on the brink of mass famine -- and Argentina, perpetually mired in national debt and plagued with hyperinflation -- are just two nations which take cash to become radioactive waste dumps. Russia also sees a profitable industry in taking nuclear waste from abroad and "reprocessing" it into material again useful for fission reactors ...
No contamination escaped as a result of the fire, a spokeswoman for the site, Sona Herrick, told the Albuquerque Journal, adding that the truck involved hauls salt mined as part of the radioactive waste storage operations.. It was unclear if the fire was out by the end of the afternoon. Spokespeople did not respond to AFP requests for specific information about the blaze.. DoE spokesman Roger Nelson, cited by the Carlsbad Current Argus, said: "Its safe to say this is the most serious fire weve ever had underground.". According to the DoE, the New Mexico site is "the nations first repository for the permanent disposal of defense-generated transuranic radioactive waste left from research and production of nuclear weapons.". The plant, some 270 miles (434 kilometers) southeast of Albuquerque, is used to dispose of material including plutonium-contaminated waste from the Los Alamos National Laboratory, about 300 miles (483 kilometers) away, also in New Mexico.. "All shipments that were ready to ...
The Nuclear Energy Agency carried out an independent peer review of Japans siting process and criteria for the geological disposal of high-level radioactive waste in May 2016. The review concluded that Japans site screening process is generally in accordance with international practices. As the goal of the siting process is to locate a site - that is both appropriate and accepted by the community - to host a geological disposal facility for high-level radioactive waste, the international review team emphasises in this report the importance of maintaining an open dialogue and interaction between the regulator, the implementer and the public. Dialogue should begin in the early phases and continue throughout the siting process. The international review team also underlines the importance of taking into account feasibility aspects when selecting a site for preliminary investigations, but suggests that it would be inappropriate to set detailed scientific criteria for nationwide screening at this ...
Current solutions for intermediate and higher activity radioactive wastes storage are temporary. Nuclear waste stores have lifetimes of around 100 years and storage ponds, which dissipate the decay heat from used nuclear fuel and act as powerful radiation shields, several decades. Research into biogeochemical control over radionuclide behaviour is therefore of great value for a deep geological disposal solution, writes Katherine Morris.
Nuclear Energy Fallacies - Free download as PDF File (.pdf), Text File (.txt) or read online for free. Second in a series of factual booklets describing nuclear power issues for the layman. The author, Dr Colin Keay, is a retired physicist, who advocates a scientific approach to the issues of nuclear power and endorses nuclear energy to save the environment.
This online fact sheet offers a general overview on the types of waste, storage and disposal, as well as NRC responsibilities. It also provides descriptions and links to other US agencies involved with nuclear waste management ...