Visual Verification Finds Non-compliant Waste

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Type:  Best Practice

Publisher:  CH2MHill Plateau Remediation Company (Richland, WA - Hanford Site), Richland, WA - Hanford Site (CHPRC)

Published As:  Public


Topics:  Environmental Protection, Quality Assurance, Waste Management

During visual verification of repackaging activities at an off-site waste repackaging facility, a CH2MHill Plateau Remediation Company (CHPRC) qualified waste verifier identified potentially non-compliant (Hot Socks) absorbent. Hot Socks are a polyacrylate based absorbent containing 10% cellulosic material used in waste packaging. The CHPRC waste verifier requested the operator to segregate the Hot Socks. The Transuranic Program determined that the repacking facility could add diatomaceous earth to render the Hot Socks compliant and then place them in a Standard Waste Box.

Best Practice: CHPRC Waste Acceptance Program instituted 100% visual verification for all TRU waste on October 1, 2018. The CHPRC waste verifier demonstrated how 100% visual verification ensures that non compliant items (e.g., packaging, absorbents, waste compliments) are detected and remediated in accordance with HNF-EP-0063, Hanford Site Solid Waste Acceptance Criteria, and the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant Waste Acceptance Criteria.

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