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Radioactive Oil Decontamination Development: An Overview

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John P. Krasznai

Kinectrics Inc., Toronto, ON, Canada

Paper No. ICEM2009-16251, pp. 177-183; 7 pages
  • ASME 2009 12th International Conference on Environmental Remediation and Radioactive Waste Management
  • ASME 2009 12th International Conference on Environmental Remediation and Radioactive Waste Management, Volume 1
  • Liverpool, UK, October 11–15, 2009
  • Conference Sponsors: Nuclear Engineering Division and Environmental Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4407-6 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3865-X
  • Copyright © 2009 by ASME


Insulating, hydraulic and vacuum pump oils are used extensively in CANDU plants. It is inevitable that at some point in the equipment life cycle that these oils will become waste products and their disposal needs to be properly managed. The presence of radioactivity and conventional contamination in the oils (mixed waste) pose special challenges to the waste manager. This paper provides an overview of waste oil streams that have been problematic in the CANDU nuclear industry and the decontamination processes that were developed for each to effectively remove a variety of radioactive species including tritium as well as conventional hazardous materials such as PCB, lead and cadmium.

Copyright © 2009 by ASME
Topics: Decontamination



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