Radioactive source recovery program responses to neutron source emergencies [electronic resource].
- Washington, D.C. : United States. Dept. of Energy, 1997. and Oak Ridge, Tenn. : Distributed by the Office of Scientific and Technical Information, U.S. Dept. of Energy.
- Physical Description:
- 6 pages : digital, PDF file
- Additional Creators:
- Los Alamos National Laboratory, United States. Department of Energy, and United States. Department of Energy. Office of Scientific and Technical Information
- Restrictions on Access:
- Free-to-read Unrestricted online access
- Recovery of neutron sources containing Pu²³⁹ and Be is currently taking place at Los Alamos National Laboratory. The program was initiated in 1979 by the Department of Energy (DOE) to dismantle and recover sources owned primarily by universities and the Department of Defense. Since the inception of this program, Los Alamos has dismantled and recovered more than 1000 sources. The dismantlement and recovery process involves the removal of source cladding and the chemical separation of the source materials to eliminate neutron emissions. While this program continues for the disposal of ²³⁹Pu/Be sources, there is currently no avenue for the disposition of any sources other than those containing Pu²³⁹. Increasingly, there have been demands from agencies both inside and outside the Federal Government and from the public to dispose of unwanted sources containing ²³⁸Pu/Be and ²⁴¹Am/Be. DOE is attempting to establish a formal program to recover these sources and is working closely with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on a proposed Memorandum of Understanding to formalize an Acceptance Program. In the absence of a formal program to handle ²³⁸Pu/Be and ²⁴¹Am/Be neutron sources, Los Alamos has responded to several emergency requests to receive and recover sources that have been determined to be a threat to public health and safety. This presentation will: (1) review the established ²³⁹Pu neutron source recovery program at Los Alamos, (2) detail plans for a more extensive neutron source disposal program, and (3) focus on recent emergency responses.
- Published through SciTech Connect., 04/01/1997., "la-ur--97-1105", " conf-970537--3", "DE97005164", 18. annual DOE low-level radioactive waste management conference, Salt Lake City, UT (United States), 20-22 May 1997., and Gray, D.W.; Dinehart, S.M.; Hatler, V.A.; Guillen, A.D.
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