Minimization of the volume and Pu content of the waste generated at a plutonium fuel plant
The amounts of waste generated during 1987, 1989 and a past reference period have been reported and analysed in great detail. Four main conclusions can be drawn from these figures. For all kinds of waste, the waste-to-product ratio has decreased very substantially during the past few years, partly from the better load factor of the plant, and partly from Belgonucléaire's continuing efforts to minimise the radioactive waste arisings. The ratio of the Pu content of the waste to the total Pu throughput of the plant has also decreased substantially. The mean Pu content of the solid Pu contaminated waste equals 1.39 g Pu per unit volume of 25 l. Only for a small fraction of this waste (less than 5% by volume) does the Pu content exceed 5 g per unit volume of 25 l. Even after the implementation of waste reducing measures, some 45% of the solid Pu contaminated waste is generated by operations which involve the handling and transfer of powders. Equally, some 63% of the total amount of Pu in the waste can be imputed to these operations.
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 14019 EN (1992) 80 pp., FS, ECU 9
ISBN: ISBN 92-826-3988-6
Record Number: 199210577 / Last updated on: 1994-12-02
Original language: en
Available languages: en