The Performance of Underground Radioactive Waste Storage Tanks at the Savannah River Site [electronic resource] : A 60-Year Historical Perspective
- Washington, D.C. : United States. Department of Energy. Office of Environmental Restoration and Waste Management, 2014. and Oak Ridge, Tenn. : Distributed by the Office of Scientific and Technical Information, U.S. Dept. of Energy
- Physical Description:
- pages 471-490 : digital, PDF file
- Additional Creators:
- United States. Department of Energy. Savannah River Site, United States. Department of Energy. Office of Environmental Restoration and Waste Management, and United States. Department of Energy. Office of Scientific and Technical Information
- Restrictions on Access:
- Free-to-read Unrestricted online access
- The Savannah River Site produced weapons-grade materials for nearly 35 years between 1953 and 1988. The legacy of this production is nearly 37 million gallons of radioactive waste. Since the 1950s, the liquid waste has been stored in large, underground carbon steel waste tanks. During the past 20 years, the site has begun to process the waste so that it may be stored in vitrified and grout forms, which are more suitable for long-term storage. Over the history of the site, some tanks have experienced leakage of the waste to the secondary containment. This article is a review of the instances of leakage and corrosion degradation that the tanks and associated equipment have experienced since the first tanks were built. Furthermore, the activities that the site has taken to mitigate the degradation and manage the service life of the tank for its anticipated lifetime are reviewed.
- Published through SciTech Connect., 02/08/2014., "srnl/sti--2013-00721", Journal of The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society 66 3 ISSN 1047-4838 AM, and Wiersma, Bruce.
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