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NUCLEAR MATERIALS PROGRAM continued
The Purex separation facility and the plant for conversion of liquid uranyl nitrate to solid uranium oxide was placed in wet
The Purex facility will be maintained in standby until the last quarter of FY 1974,
standby during the first quarter of FY 1973.
The uranium oxide plant will be started up in early FY 1975. Deacti-
C, D, DR, F, Hand KE and KW reactors.
FY 1972; $ 983,687 FY 1973: $ 330,000 FY 1974: $
Transportation and Security Shipments
FY 1972: $ 1,664,573 FY 1973: $ 1,711,000 FY 1974: $ 2,700,000
FY 1972: $ 1,209,510 FY 1973: $ 1,337,000 FY 1974: $ 1,525,00
FY 1972: $ 297,931 FY 1973: $ 114,00 FY 1974: $ 155,000
FY 1972: $ 148,999 FY 1973: $ 200,000 FY 1974: $ 175,000
FY 1972: $ 8,133 FY 1973: $ 60,000 FY 1974: $ 60,000
FY 1972: $
0 FY 1974: $ 785,000 The FY 1974 estimate provides for the shipment of 19,000 tons of U308 to Fernald for conversion to 103.
FY 1972: $ 2,644, 185 FY 1973: $4,600,000 FY 1974: $ 4,305,000
FY 1972: $ 379,239 FY 1973: $ 976,000 FY 1974: $ 1,750,000 FY 1974 costs include warehousing vo. ($5,000); Douglas United Nuclear employee group insurance costs in excess of employee payments ($530,000); seismic studies to better understand earthquake risks in the Hanford region ($160,000); the cleanup of approximately 2,000 acres of contaminated land associated with the B and C waste disposal cribs located south of the 200 east chemical processing area ($750,000); AEC's commitment to pay the employer's share of insurance (life and health) premiums for certain employees who retired under the General Electric Co., former principal contractor at Richland ($225,000); Douglas United Nuclear employee severance payments ($60,000); work performed by the operations office which is not specifically related to other activities ($20,000). The increase in FY 1974 over FY 1973 of $774,000 is primarily due to the B and C crib cleanup, DUN severance payments and an offsetting decrease in seismic investigations.
FY 1972: $ 862, 203 FY 1973: $ 825,000 FY 1974: $ 855,000
FY 1972: $
FY 1974: $
1/ The estimated market value of the timber on the Savannah River site was $30.0 million as of June 30, 1972, and is increasing
about $1.0 million annually. Land management program costs and revenues from timber sales are:
FY 1972: $ 427,534 FY 1973: $ 455,000 FY 1974; $ 475,000
375,000 2/ CF-252 Market development program
Revenues (included in revenues applied program) FY 1972: $ 124, 106 FY 1973: $ 800,000 FY 1974: $ 1,550,000
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FY 1972: $
0 FY 1973: $ 148,000 FY 1974: $ 35,000
FY 1972: $ 1,360,563 FY 1973: $ 1,279,000 FY 1974: $ 1,900,000
L. Process Development
FY 1972: $ 30,685,111 FY 1973: $ 32,247,000 FY 1974: $ 39,000,000 This category covers development efforts at each site which are directed toward achieving program objectives in a safe, efficient and economical manner. It includes programs to improve the technology and demonstrate the reliability and economic feasibility of separating uranium isotopes by the gas centrifuge process; improvements in gaseous diffusion technology which can be incorporated into the cascade improvement and cascade uprating programs (CIP and CUP); development of technology to assure ability to respond to change in requirements for reactor produced isotopes; and efforts to improve performance, reduce costs, increase safety, and improve management of radioactive wastes. For detailed justification see classified pages NM-41 NM-46.
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The activities associated with the Waste Management program include: (a) the long-term management, and research and development related thereto, of all radioactive wastes generated by AEC operations and of all high-level wastes generated by the nuclear industry; (b) the operation of AEC sites for the management of low-level solid wastes generated by AEC operations and liquid waste disposal by hydraulic fracturing; (c) the development of policies, plans and priorities for decontamination and decommissioning of obsolete AEC equipment and facilities and for decontamination and release (for restricted or unrestricted use) of surplus AEC land, and the administration of certain general research and development activities related thereto; and (d) collection of data, establishment of policies and administration of certain research and development related to the safe, efficient transport of radioactive materials.
SUMMARY OF ESTIMATES BY CATEGORY
Actual FY 1972
Estimate FY 1973
Estimate FY 1974
$ 2,665,000 10,455,000 1,035,000
Storage Operations and Related Activities. Technology Development.. Development of Airborne Waste Treatment Methods.. Studies of Decontamination and Decommissioning Methods Studies of Transportation Methods and Packaging...
$1,765,000 4,950,000 510,000
$1,253,224 4,423,851 553,000
Storage Operations and Related Activities.
These funds provide for a number of activities related to the operation of AEC radioactive solid waste storage and burial sites, liquid waste disposal by hydraulic fracturing and the evaluation of general site characteristics at various AEC facilities by AEC contractors and other independent groups such as the United States Geological Survey (USGS).
The increase of $0.4 million (from $1.5 million in FY 1973 to $1.9 million in FY 1974) is specifically related to the increased volume of transuranium waste requiring retrievable storage at AEC burial grounds.
The burial ground effort includes receipt, handling and conventional pit or trench burial for the majority of the sites
Wastes contaminated with transuranium nuclides (primarily plutonium) are placed in special locations or structures in order to be readily retrievable for at least a 20-year period. This will allow minimum costs
radioactive solid wastes.
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in rehandling when a decision is reached regarding final treatment and disposition of the transuranium waste. Other radio-
The FY 1974 budget estimate provides $0.1 million for hydraulic fracturing of waste at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
B. Technology Development.
These funds provide for the development and conceptual design associated with storage and waste repackaging facilities,