By E.P. Horwitz,W.W. Schulz

Chemical pretreatment of nuclear wastes refers back to the series of separations procedures used to partition such wastes right into a small quantity of high-level waste for deep geologic disposal and a bigger quantity of low-level waste for disposal in a near-surface facility. Pretreatment of nuclear wastes now kept at numerous U. S. division of power websites levels from uncomplicated solid-liquid separations to extra complicated chemical steps, akin to dissolution of sludges and elimination of chosen radionuclides, e. g. , 90Sr, 99Tc, 137CS, and TRU (transuranium) components. the driver for improvement of chemical pretreatment methods for nuclear wastes is the commercial good thing about waste minimization as mirrored in decrease charges for near-surface disposal in comparison to the excessive rate of putting off wastes in a deep geologic repository. This latter subject is expertly and authoritatively mentioned within the introductory paper by means of J. and L. Bell. Seven papers during this quantity describe a number of separations methods constructed or being built to pretreat the big quantity of nuclear wastes saved on the US DOE Hanford and Savannah River websites. those papers comprise descriptions of the sort and quantity of vital nuclear wastes kept on the Hanford and Savannah River websites in addition to shortly anticipated options for his or her therapy and ultimate disposal. A paper through Strachan et al. discusses chemical and radiolytic mechanisms for the formation and free up of probably explosive hydrogen gasoline in Tank 241-SY-101 on the Hanford site.

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