Calcine Disposition Project Introduction
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Located at the Idaho Nuclear Technology and Engineering Center Chemical Processing Plant 659, The New Waste Calcining Facility (NWCF), once converted liquid high-level radioactive waste from the Tank Farm into calcine, a granular solid similar in consistency to sand. Calcine was transferred to large stainless-steel bins encased in six high-integrity concrete vaults called bin sets.
Calcining achieved significant volume reduction from liquid to solid. The calciner was shut down in May 2000. NWCF is currently used for characterization, repackaging and preparation of remote-handled transuranic waste for shipment to WIPP. NWCF contains equipment necessary to perform decontamination/ treatment of debris and HEPA filters and underwent modifications to its hot cell to allow for the treatment and repackaging of larger remote-handled transuranic (RH-TRU) waste items. The facility will also be used for transferring sodium-bearing waste from the Tank Farm to the Integrated Waste Treatment Unit for processing.
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