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Report No. 143 - Management Techniques to Minimize Off Site Disposal of Low-Level Radioactive Waste (2003)

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Report No. 143 (2003) details the Council's views on management techniques to minimize off-site disposal of low-level radioactive waste. Public concern and increased cost of the disposal of low-level radioactive waste (LLRW) have led to a need to address the minimization of these wastes particularly as they pertain to research laboratories and other small users of radioactive materials. The information in this Report will prove valuable not only to the generator of this waste but to those organizations responsible for licensing and regulation. Since risks associated with waste are related to the concentration of the hazardous material, the quantity and form of the waste, and the potential for dispersion in the environment, the generator's first priority should be the partial or total elimination of the source of the waste stream. Furthermore, waste that cannot be eliminated should be recycled in an environmentally safe manner. Next, waste that cannot be eliminated or recycled should, when feasible, be treated to reduce its hazards and to reduce the volume of the wastes. The final step is that of selecting a disposal method consistent with protection of the public health and the environment which is in compliance with federal and state laws and regulations.
Scientific Committee:
William P. Dornsife

Russell S. Garcia
Edward H. Rau
Francis X. Masse
John Psaras
Anthony Wolbarst

Walter Hipsher, Consultant
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