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Highlights for 2010

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Home Again, Home Again, Jiggity Jig

September 15, 2010 - A three-year effort to repatriate almost 500 grams of plutonium sealed sources has successfully concluded.  The sources arrived at LANL during the week of September 5.  This effort completes the recovery of sources that LANL began examining in the late 1990s. OSRP and German colleagues are continuing to investigate one additional possible US-origin source that could not be identified due to over-encapsulation.

Off to China

September 15, 2010 - During August, a survey trip was conducted by OSRP in cooperation with the Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP).  The team visited multiple irradiator and hospital sites with high-activity disused sources in the provinces of Hubei, Shaanxi, and Ningxia. Discussions and planning were conducted for a future technical exchange visit to a contaminated irradiator site requiring extensive decommissioning (source recovery and site cleanup).

Bang the Drum Slowly. . . OSRP Sets Record

September 15, 2010 - Since March 2010, the Off-Site Source Recovery Project (OSRP) has prepared 220 drums of transuranic sealed sources for disposition that were being held for possible recycling.  To date in FY 2010, 290 OSR drums have been shipped to WIPP for permanent disposal, of which 191 are former “recycle” drums.  This compares with OSRP's planning target of 50 drums per year; and is a record in OSRP's 10-year history. These efforts significantly reduce the inventory of OSRP containers in storage while supporting laboratory goals for its closure of the storage area.

Cost-Saving Kudos

April 21, 2010 - Kudos came from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency at the Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors meeting about a recovery the LANL Off-Site Source Recovery team did last year of about 60 (orphan) Ra-226 sources found in "a barn" in Missouri after the owner passed away.  Without the LANL program involvement, the effort would have cost EPA hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The OSRP team ups its activity level

February 10, 2010 – Last month, OSRP completed its first recovery of a high-activity gamma device in more than a year from two different sites.  This resulted in removal of more than 4,200 Ci of no-longer used sources from commercial facilities and garnered positive press coverage for the project in the New Jersey Star Ledger and Los Alamos Monitor newspapers, as well as in an NNSA press release.  NNSA had experimented with other mechanisms to complete the work but returned it to Los Alamos when technical difficulties were encountered.  OSRP also expects to conduct at least nine additional such recoveries during fiscal year 2010.

In addition, with the completion of a long-planned recovery from the Mediterranean, OSRP recovered its 500th sealed source from international locations.  The material included U.S.-origin Pu-239/Be sealed sources that were shipped by boat due to U.S. restrictions on air transport of plutonium.

 

Press Releases & News Clippings for 2010

LANL Releases

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DOE/NNSA Releases

NNSA in NY NNSA in NY 2

[Photos and video from this source recovery are available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEQzWFdgSus and http://www.flickr.com/photos/nnsanews/sets/72157624310077533/]

 

Local, National, or International News Clippings

 

Government Reports & News

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