Waste Management

The key elements of radioactive waste management are:

  1. Characterizing the waste,
  2. Determining which waste processing and/or disposal facility the waste should go to,
  3. Identifying and configuring the appropriate package for transport, and
  4. Arranging for ensuring compliant transportation to the designated facility.

We can manage waste from cradle to grave, or get involved at any stage in between and provide expert support.

For example, at the DOE’s Hanford 300 Area we’re engaged in working with a contaminated waste stream that comprises both low-level radioactive waste and a mix of hazardous waste, which often isn’t suited to a standard container. We custom-design the containerization process, and we use modeling to develop the radiological inventory of each waste package. Ongoing measurement and modeling ensures that we don’t exceed the capabilities of a package.

We played a significant role in design and planning that resulted in the storage of about 24,000 Ci of Greater than Class C waste, from the Hanford 324 Building at the Central Waste Complex, in two specially-designed casks.

Lucas holds a Washington State Radioactive Materials License (WN-L0243). We are licensed to provide waste brokering services, including:

  • Materials handling,
  • Preparation of nuclides for transport,
  • Transfer and shipping,
  • Radiological sampling,
  • Surveys,
  • Site characterization, and
  • Other commercial health physics services performed at our clients’ facilities and temporary job locations.