Nuclear Materials Handling & Disposition

Nuclear Materials Handling & Disposition

LATA’s corporate portfolio includes experience across the broad spectrum of nuclear materials processing and waste challenges associated with special nuclear material, tritium, low level waste, mixed low level waste, alpha-mixed low level waste, contact handled and remote handled transuranic waste, special process wastes, troublesome waste streams, orphan waste streams, and legacy wastes. At Rocky Flats, LATA supported the Highly Enriched Uranyl Nitrate removal project by draining the storage tanks and converting the liquid to a stable oxide form reducing the radioactive liquids from 35,700 gallons (containing 569 kg of 235U) to 700 gallons (containing 569 kg of 235U, 93% enriched). At Mound, LATA designed and constructed a containment structure and equipment to allow the remote removal of 40% of the TRU waste volume and provided ultimate disposition of all accountable tritium from the site. At Portsmouth LATA developed and implemented a disposition pathway for “troublesome” high U-235, high Tc-99 (Class C and greater than Class C) wastes. LATA has successfully processed, shipped, and dispositioned wastes to all major disposal facilities in the U.S.

LATA can develop and implement a comprehensive strategy for effective nuclear materials handling and disposition from initial planning through characterization, packaging, interim storage, certification, treatment and/or stabilization, transportation, and disposal. Our record of no violations supports your goal of successful disposition of nuclear materials. LATA plans and executes nuclear materials handling and disposition as an integral part of project work, not as a separate function, while implementing proven best practices, including:

  • Integrated, upfront planning to ensure projects stay on schedule
  • Waste minimization to reduce waste disposition costs
  • Efficient waste handling to eliminate serial handling from jobsite to disposal
  • Automated waste tracking to provide accountability
  • Rigorous quality planning to ensure compliance and waste acceptance
  • Proactive development of treatment and waste profiles to shorten project schedules
  • Judicious use of Real Time Radiography to expedite legacy waste disposal.