|Topic:||Alternatives for High-Level Waste Salt Processing at the Savannah River Site|
THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
National Research Council
Board on Radioactive Waste Management
Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology
Monday, August 21, 2000 - 11:00 a.m.
217 Russell Senate Office Building
Alternatives for High-Level Waste Salt Processing at the Savannah River Site
Milton Levenson, Bechtel International (retired), Menlo Park, California, and Chair, Committee on Cesium Processing Alternatives for High-Level Waste at the Savannah River Site, The National Academies
At the request of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the National Research Council formed a committee to provide an independent technical review of alternatives selected by representatives at the Savannah River Site (SRS), South Carolina, for processing the high-level radioactive waste (HLW) salt solutions stored at the site. This review addresses the following four charges in the committee's task:
Was an appropriately comprehensive set of cesium partitioning alternatives identified and are there other alternatives that should be explored?
Was the process used to screen the alternatives technically sound and did its application result in the selection of appropriate preferred alternatives?
Are there significant barriers to the implementation of any of the preferred alternatives, taking into account their state of development and their ability to be integrated into the existing SRS HLW system?
Are the planned research and development activities, including pilot-scale testing, adequate to support implementation of a single preferred alternative?
This was the first in a series of briefings for members of Congress and congressional staff only. The report was publicly released on August 22, 2000 and can be found, in its entirety, via the Web site of the National Academies Press.