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NUCLEAR MATERIALS PROGRAM
domestic source materials will continue for identification of a suitable alternative material for use in event of a national
Studies of Decontamination and Decommissioning Methods.
This program will initiate development of technology for the reclamation of facilities, buildings, and land no longer required by current programs in order that they may be made available for other uses. A significant part of the program is devoted to the technology for site restoration to minimize restrictions of future use because of radioactive contamination and on methods for the removal, dismantlement, and consolidation of bulky contaminated equipment to facilitate conventional disposal in burial grounds. In addition, a program will be initiated to seek practical ways to salvage and recycle, at least for restricted usage, selected metals that have seen service in uranium or transuranium contaminated environments.
Studies of Transportation Methods and Packaging.
The ultimate objective of this program is a comprehensive body of standards encompassing the needs for packaging and materials handling equipment and procedures related to the transport of radioactive materials. Effort is required to ensure the adequacy of available standards and to develop or improve the technical base for the preparation of definitive standards without excessive overdesign or conservatism to compensate for deficiencies in technical knowledge.
These funds provide for the development of test and analytical data and technology to assist in preparation of transportation safety standards and evaluation of the environmental impact of AEC transportation programs. The projects would dovetail with work being done by other Government agencies in hazardous materials risk analysis, relating directly to radioactive materials transportation problems.
An effort will be made to centralize the collection and review of available package specifications and provide for the preparation of recommended specifications for general use. Efforts will be devoted to the development of packaging technology for the safe and economical shipment of pyrophoric (spontaneously combustible) radioactive materials and plutonium nitrate. A third study will provide for the preparation of standardized package design specifications for radioactive materials packages for U. S. and international regulations. This latter study will also improve the utilization of standardized packages throughout the AEC in order to reduce the quantity of specialized containers in the AEC inventory.
The objectives of the Operational Safety effort are to provide for: the operation of the Aerial Radiological Monitoring System
Aerial Radiological Monitoring System...
Total Operational Safety..
The Aerial Radiological Monitoring System is AEC's primary capability for quick response to emergencies involving the release of
$5,000 Commitment Authority Under Goods and Services on Order in the Selected Resources Program...
(1) A study by the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory (LLL) initiated to develop fire protection methods for AEC-owned computers.
(2) The continuation at LLL of studies and evaluations of ventilation systems for fire protection of glovebox lines to
(3) Development at Atlantic Richfield Hanford Co. of countermeasures against spontaneous ignition from fission product
(4) Continued evaluation by Battelle Memorial Institute-No west of neutron exposure to persons in plutonium handling
Continued development at Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory (LASL) of a comprehensive respirator usage program including a
(6) Continuation of the development of radiation decontamination guidelines by LASL for release of real and personal prop-
Additional information of a classified nature
NUCLEAR MATERIALS PROGRAM
URANIUM MILL TAILINGS REMEDIAL ACTION PROGRAM Estimated Funding of FY 1973 Authorization
FY 1973 FY 1974 After FY 1974 Total
500 400 900
Obligations for the Nuclear Materials Program for FY 1974 are estimated at $205,300,000 of which:
$187,250,000 is for the construction projects listed in Section A below, requested for authorization in the proposed FY 1974 Authorization Act or were previously authorized and for which a request for appropriation is being made in FY 1974.
b. $18,050,000 is for Capital Equipment Not Related to Construction justified in Section B below, requested for authorization
in the proposed FY 1974 Authorization Act,
SECTION A Obligations for Construction Projects: The projects comprising Section A, which are requested for authorization in FY 1974 or which were previously authorized and for which a request for appropriation is being made in FY 1974, are: