STP1381

    Composite Analysis for Low-Level Waste Disposal in the 200 Area Plateau of the Hanford Site, Southeast Washington

    Published: Jan 2000


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    Abstract

    A composite analysis of low-level radioactive waste disposal and other radioactive sources was recently completed for the Hanford Site in Southeast Washington State. Impacts from source release and environmental transport were estimated for a 1 000-year period following Site closure in a multi-step process involving 1) estimation of radiological inventories and releases, 2) assessment of contaminant migration through the vadose zone, groundwater, and atmospheric pathways, 3) and estimation of doses. The analysis showed that most of the radionuclide inventory in past-practice liquid discharge sites and pre-1988 solid waste burial grounds on the 200 Area Plateau will be released in the first several hundred years following Hanford Site closure, well before projected releases from active and planned disposals of solid waste. The maximum predicted agricultural dose was less than 6 mrem/y in 2050 and declined thereafter. The maximum doses for the residential, industrial, and recreational scenarios, were 2.2, 0.7, and 0.04 mrem/y, respectively, and also declined after 2050.

    Keywords:

    composite analysis, groundwater, Hanford Site, low-level radioactive waste, performance assessment, radionuclides, radiation dose


    Author Information:

    Kincaid, CT
    Staff Scientist, Environmental Technology Division, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, Washington

    Bergeron, MP
    Project Manager, Environmental Technology Division, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, Washington

    Cole, CR
    Staff Scientist, Environmental Technology Division, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, Washington

    Freshley, MD
    Technical Group Manager, Environmental Technology Division, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, Washington

    Johnson, VG
    Staff Scientist, Environmental Technology Division, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, Washington

    Kaplan, DI
    Senior Research Scientist, Westinghouse Savannah River Company, Aiken, South Carolina

    Serne, RJ
    Staff Scientist, Environmental Technology Division, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, Washington

    Streile, GP
    Senior Research Scientist, Environmental Technology Division, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, Washington

    Strenge, DL
    Staff Scientist, Environmental Technology Division, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, Washington

    Thorne, PD
    Senior Research Scientist, Environmental Technology Division, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, Washington

    Vail, LW
    Senior Research Scientist, Environmental Technology Division, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, Washington

    Whyatt, GA
    Senior Research Engineer, Environmental Technology Division, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, Washington

    Wurstner, SK
    Research Scientist, Environmental Technology Division, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, Washington


    Paper ID: STP14417S

    Committee/Subcommittee: E47.01

    DOI: 10.1520/STP14417S


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