Johnston Atoll Plutonium Contaminated Soil Cleanup Project.
Quarterly rept. no. 3, 7 Feb-30 Apr 94,
THERMO NUTECH OAK RIDGE TN
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TMAEberline is the prime contractor for the Defense Nuclear Agency DNA, responsible for the operation and maintenance of the Johnston Atoll Plutonium Contaminated Soil Cleanup Project. During this production period, the Scope of Work included movement of soil to and from the plant, processing contaminated soil through the Segmented Gate System SGS and Soil Washing System, packaging of waste soil for shipment, identification and implementation of process improvements, data collection and validation, and compliance with all applicable regulations governing environmental safety and health. The SGS utilizes arrays of sensitive radiation detectors coupled with sophisticated computer software to segregate contaminated soil from a moving feed supply on conveyor belts. Contaminated soil is diverted to a hot path for plutonium particles greater than 5000 Becquerels or to a supplemental soil washing process designed to remove dispersed low level contamination from a soil faction consisting of very small particles. Low to intermediate levels of contamination are removed from the soil to meet DNAs criteria for unrestricted use of less than 500 Becquerels per kilogram of soil, with no hot particles. The low level concentrate is expected to be packaged for shipment to an approved defense waste disposal site.
- Solid Wastes and Pollution and Control
- Radiation Pollution and Control
- Environmental Health and Safety