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New equipment at LANL
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New equipment at LANL
On October 28, 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency approved the Department of Energy’s request to use new equipment at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in Los Alamos, N.M. for examining transuranic (TRU) waste to ensure prohibited items such as aerosol containers are not in waste shipped to WIPP. The new equipment is called a super high efficiency neutron counter (SuperHENC) and has higher fidelity to “x-ray” contact-handled TRU (CH-TRU) waste boxes. Like the Transportation Safety Administration screening for prohibited items on planes, EM screens for items that are not allowed in waste going to WIPP due to the potential hazards (physical, chemical, and nuclear characteristics) primarily associated with transporting the wastes to WIPP. Prior to having the SuperHENC, waste packages were opened and sorted by hand to ensure no prohibited items were in the waste or waste containers. Now with SuperHENC fewer waste containers will need to be opened and sorted by hand, thereby reducing potential worker exposure and increasing the efficiency of the sorting processes.
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