Management of nitrate wastes to be discussed

June 10, 2014 

Hanford research and guidelines for the safe management of nitrate wastes will be discussed at a meeting at 6 p.m. June 19 of the Eastern Washington Chapter of the Academy of Certified Hazardous Materials Managers.

Andrea Hopkins will speak at the meeting, which is open to the public, at the Richland Public Library.

Earlier Hanford cleanup work on glove boxes identified the combination of cerium nitrate and organic materials as a possible fire risk, and the approach to decontamination was modified.

The talk by Hopkins, who was a project manager involved in evaluating hazards associated with Hanford glove box contamination, comes after the release of plutonium at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico, possibly because nitrate salts were not controlled.

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