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Friday, July 20, 2012

NRC Panel On Waste Downblending

It looks like it was just an initial stakeholder meeting.  With low level radioactive waste there are 3 classes based on isotopic characteristics (A, B, C, with A being the least toxic, C the most).  The Utah-based EnergySolutions site can only accept Class A.  If one dilutes Class B and C waste with larger quantities of very low Class A waste, all of the waste can fall within Class A and be disposed of there.

Historically, the saying "dilution is the solution" hasn't been well received.

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