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Chemical And Evaporative Behaviors Of Synthetic Liquid Nuclear Waste, Donna Macgrath Cline Aug 1991

Chemical And Evaporative Behaviors Of Synthetic Liquid Nuclear Waste, Donna Macgrath Cline

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In the 1960's the Department of Energy at Oak Ridge National Laboratory designed eight 50,000 gallon storage tanks for the liquid nuclear waste. Each tank was designed with its own ventilation system to purge radiolytic hydrogen and oxygen from the tank. This design induced water removal and necessitated the additional requirement of entraining radioactivity from the exiting system by the use of demisters and HEPA filters.

Up until the 1980's this was a sufficient method, via the hydrofracture process, of disposing the liquid nuclear waste. However since then, this method has been terminated and the tanks are ...