Neptunium, Radioactive

Disposal Methods

/SRP/ Wastes in the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) are from the nuclear weapons industry (plutonium) - research and development. For a waste to be accepted at WIPP it must be a transuranic "TRU" waste and: (1) /= 200 millirems/hr; if less, they can be contact handled.
Program design decisions can affect TRU waste-generation. For example, the quantity of protective clothing may be a significant factor. If an incinerator is available, combustible protective clothing may be selected to have a low ash content and generate a minimum of harmful effluents such as oxides of nitrogen or halogenated compounds. In other facilities, water-washable, reusable protective clothing may minimize waste disposal. /Plutonium facilities/
Another opportunity for waste minimization occurs when materials are used as a contingency protection against contamination. For example, strippable coatings may be applied to an area that is not expected to become contaminated or may receive only minor contamination so that it can be easily cleaned. Another example involves the disposition of disposable surgeons' gloves, which are routinely worn inside glove-box gloves. Unless there are serious contamination control problems in the facility, these can be surveyed and disposed of as sanitary waste rather than LLW or TRU waste. /Plutonium facilities/
Likewise, all tools and equipment to be placed in a contaminated environment should be tested for reliability and preferably used on a clean mock-up to ensure their serviceability before they become contaminated. There is often a temptation to put the equipment into the plutonium service when it first arrives rather than test it completely first. This can result in unnecessary waste volume. /Plutonium facilities/
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