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[en] Groundwater monitoring has been conducted at the Z-Area Saltstone Disposal Facility since 1987. At that time, groundwater monitoring was not required by the industrial landfill regulations, but a modest monitoring program was required by the operating permit. In 1996 SRS proposed a program based on direct push sampling. This program called for biennial direct push sampling within 25 feet of each waste-containing cell with additional samples being taken in areas where excessive cracking had been observed. The direct push proposal was accepted by The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC). The Industrial Solid Waste Landfill Regulations were revised in 1998 and now include requirements for groundwater monitoring. The major elements of those regulations and their application at Z-Area are discussed. These are a point of compliance, groundwater protection standards, the groundwater monitoring system, sampling and analysis, and data evaluation and reporting
[en] The Savannah River Site (SRS) uses large quantities of groundwater for drinking, processing, and non-contact cooling. Continued industrial and residential growth along with additional agricultural irrigation in areas adjacent to SRS will increase the demand for groundwater. This increasing demand will require a comprehensive management system to ensure the needed quality and quantity of groundwater is available for all users. The Groundwater Protection Program and the Waste Management Program establish the overall framework for protecting this resource. Ground water under SRS is monitored extensively for radiological, hazardous, and water quality constituents. Groundwater quality is known to have been affected at 33 onsite locations, but none of the contaminant plumes have migrated offsite. Onsite and offsite drinking water supplies are monitored to ensure they are not impacted. The site has more than 1800 monitoring wells from which groundwater samples are analyzed for radiological and non-radiological constituents. SRS is complying with all applicable regulations related to groundwater protection, waste treatment, and waste disposal. The existing waste storage facilities are permitted or are being permitted. Existing hazardous- and mixed-waste storage facilities are being included in the site Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Part B Permit. Part B permitting has been initiated for many of the planned hazardous- and mixed-waste treatment and disposal facilities
[en] UK assistance with the decommissioning of BN-350 has cost ~£8.9 million over ten years, ~£4 million spent directly in Kazakhstan. The Programme has immobilised key wastes, contributed to irreversible shutdown of the reactor and addressed issues associated with sodium coolant processing. The Programme funded the operations to load spent fuel canisters into casks at BN-350, together with their despatch from site and receipt at the secure storage facility. The Programme also delivered technical and project management training, assisted in the production of the BN-350 Decommissioning Plan and contributed to the radiation survey effort in the STS
[en] An overview is presented of the Australian petroleum sector. Since the 1960s, 5.1 billion bbl of oil and condensate and 25.6 trillion cubic feet of natural gas have been discovered on the Australian continent and continental shelf. Petroleum resources, contitutional responsibilities, Australian government energy policies, offshore exploration strategies, taxation arrangements, foreign investment, crude oil and condensate production, and exploration and development activity are discussed. The costs of exploration in the Australian offshore are shown to compare favourably with areas such as the United Kingdom offshore, with a better return in terms of reserve replacement or new reserve discovery than in the U.S. or offshore U.K. The relatively smaller amounts of oil found in Australia reflect the small amounts of money spent in exploration. 14 figs., 4 tabs
[en] LCS experiments were carried out at the Idaho Accelerator Center (IAC); sharp monochromatic x-ray lines were observed. These are produced using the so-called inverse Compton effect, whereby optical laser photons are collided with a relativistic electron beam. The back-scattered photons are then kinematically boosted to keV x-ray energies. We have first demonstrated these beams using a 20 MeV electron beam collided with a 100 MW, 7 ns Nd; YAG laser. We observed narrow LCS x-ray spectral peaks resulting from the interaction of the electron beam with the Nd; YAG laser second harmonic (532 nm). The LCS x-ray energy lines and energy deviations were measured as a function of the electron beam energy and energy-spread respectively. The results showed good agreement with the predicted valves. LCS could provide an excellent probe of electron beam energy, energy spread, transverse and longitudinal distribution and direction
[en] An updated version of a prototype fan-beam optical computed tomography scanner is presented. The scanner uses a 0.83 mm diameter 543 nm HeNe laser beam with a 600 line-generating lens for fan creation. A pair of linear polarizers is used for light intensity control. A set of five 64-element photodiode arrays forms the detector arc. Extended dynamic range is achieved by adjusting light intensity and photodiode integration time. Two detector collimators (one single-slot, one multi-hole) are employed for comparative purposes. Highly attenuating solutions of scatter-based and absorption-based agents are examined using both types of collimation. Comparison of the results provides useful information about the persistent presence of scatter in optical CT.
[en] The Department of Health is in the process of establishing new environmental radioactivity cleanup regulations. The scope of these regulations will encompass all radionuclides and will apply to soils, sediments, and groundwater. The requirements of these regulations will be part of license terminations for those nuclear facilities licensed by the state. Non-licensees which leave residual radioactivity in the environment will also be impacted because the requirements of these regulations will be incorporated as applicable, relevant, and appropriate regulations in the Model Toxics Control Act administered by the State Department of Ecology. The motivation for establishing these new regulations is the need for cleanup guidance for a number of sites across the state and, except for uranium mills, the absence of soil, sediment, and groundwater radioactivity cleanup standards. Establishment of these standards will close the only major gaps in environmental radioactivity cleanup regulations and fulfill the Department of Health's statutory requirements to protect public health from environmental radiation exposure. Development of the standard is following the state rule-making process. An Issues Paper was distributed for public comment in November 1994. Current activities include an environmental impact statement, a small business impact statement, and preparation of the draft rule
[en] Laser-Compton scattering (LCS) experiments were carried out at the Idaho Accelerator Center. A 20 MeV electron beam was brought to a head-on collision with a 100 MW 7 ns Nd:YAG laser. We observed clear narrow LCS X-ray spectral peaks resulting from the interaction of the electron beam with the two Nd:YAG laser photon lines of 1064 and 532 nm. The LCS X-ray energy lines and widths were measured as a function of the electron beam energy and energy spread, respectively. The results recorded showed good agreement with the predicted values
[en] During BN-350 reactor operations and also during the initial stages of decommissioning, cesium traps were used to decontaminate the reactor's primary sodium coolant. Two different types of carbon-based trap were used - the MAVR series, low ash granulated graphite adsorber (LAG) contained in a carrier designed to be inserted into the reactor core during shutdown; and a series of ex-reactor trap accumulators(TAs) which used reticulated vitreous carbon (RVC) to reduce Cs-137 levels in the sodium after final reactor shutdown. In total four MAVRs and seven TAs were used at BN-350 to remove an estimated cumulative 755 TBq of cesium. The traps, which also contain residual sodium, need to be immobilized in an appropriate way to allow them to be consigned as waste packages for long term storage and, ultimately, disposal. The present paper reports on the current status of the implementation phase, with particular reference to the work done to date on the trap accumulators, which have the most similarity with the cesium traps used at other reactors.
[en] The technology of cleaning cesium radionuclides from sodium coolant at the BN-350 fast reactor was realized in the form of cesium traps of two types: stationary devices connected to the circuit that was to be cleaned and in-core devices installed into the core of reactor when it was not under operation. Carbon-graphite materials were used as sorbents to collect and concentrate radioactive cesium, accumulated in the BN-350 reactor circuits over the decades of their operation, in relatively small volume traps which provided effective radiation-safe conditions for personnel working in proximity to the coolant and equipment of the primary circuit during BN-350 decommissioning. Spent cesium traps, as products unfit for further use, represent solid radioactive wastes. The presence of chemically active sodium, potassium and cesium that are able to react violently with water results in series of problems related to their disposal in the Republic of Kazakhstan. Considering the technology of filling spent cesium traps with lead/lead-bismuth alloy as a priority one for their conditioning, evaluations for safety substantiation were implemented. A set of experiments was implemented aimed at verification of calculations performed in substantiation of the proposed technology: filling a full scale cesium trap mock-up with sodium followed by its draining to determine the optimal regimes of draining; filling bench scale cesium trap mock-ups with sodium and cesium followed by sodium draining and filling with lead or lead-bismuth alloy at different temperatures and filling rates to chose the optimal regimes for filling spent cesium traps; implementation of leachability tests to determine the rate of cesium release from the filling materials into water. This paper provides a description of the experimental program carried out and the main results obtained.