Savannah River Remediation (SRR) announced it reached a contract milestone for 2013 on March 23 by processing over 600,000 gallons of radioactive salt
waste through its interim salt disposition process at the Savannah River Site (SRS) near Aiken, S.
The SWPF is essential to disposing of approximately 33 million gallons of radioactive salt
waste stored at SRS, vitrifying radioactive liquid waste at the Defense Waste Processing Facility, and closing SRS tank farms.
The low radioactive salt
waste is removed first followed by removal of the high radioactive sludge.
The environmental group and the organic food and farming watchdog pointed to research that shows that this wastewater, a by-product of gas and oil exploration and production, is contaminated with toxic chemicals, radioactive salts
, heavy metals and hydrocarbons, even when treated and diluted.
He described the use of coatings, radioactive salts
, particle accelerators and nuclear reactors (with or without annealing), HPHT treatment, and finally multi-step processing that combines HPHT, irradiation and annealing.