Method Development for Evaluating Radionuclide Emissions from Incineration of Low Level Radioactive Waste

by Steven C. Wittmer, Merck & Co, West Point, PA, USA,
Howard F. Solomon, Merck & Co, West Point, PA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Environmental Engineering


The implementation of an incineration monitoring program for low level radioactive waste is a complex task, especially in the area of obtaining environmental permits. Emissions monitoring to identify radionuclides and their fate may be needed to provide assurance to the appropriate regulatory agencies and others that an incineration program is properly conducted. A review of a method developed for determination of radionuclides from incineration of low-level radioactive waste is described. The sampling technique includes the use of an EPA Method 5 sampling train modified to exclude the dry-catch filtration assembly with ethanolamine used to scrub the incinerator gas at depressed temperatures and a continuous liquid sampler for incinerator wet scrubber discharge to the sanitary sewer. Radionuclides in the samples are assayed using scintillation spectrometry. Data reduction has been simplified using an electronic spread sheet software program on a personal computer. (Edited author abstract. )

Subject Headings: Radioactive materials | Emissions | Incineration | Radioactive wastes | Computer software | Waste disposal | Permits | Environmental Protection Agency

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