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Facility Detail

Studsvik Processing Facility Memphis, LLC
(a.k.a./f.k.a.: Race LLC)
CHWMEG Report Number: H525.1

City, State/Prov, Country:Memphis, Tennessee, USA

Member Interest: This facility is currently being tracked by 3 members
(Member interest is not related to how many members use this facility.)

*Location Map:Google Maps

Review Program
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There are 2 more reviews conducted prior to 2014 not shown.

Description of Services:At this facility, RACE provides waste processing services to generators of low level radioactive waste (LLRW). Studsvik can accept most forms of LLRW as long as the waste does not also contain RCRA hazardous materials. The incoming waste streams consist primarily of solid waste materials, and all the incoming waste is processed onsite. Much of the waste accepted was processed through their Bulk Survey For Release (BSFR) program.

Contaminated solid waste materials received onsite are first evaluated to determine if the waste can be decontaminated or if the contamination cannot be removed. If the contamination cannot be removed, the waste is sorted based on the size of the container, the dose rate, and density so that it can be repackaged for disposal in a more consistent waste form to optimize transportation and disposal costs. Solid waste materials that can be decontaminated pass through one of four processes.

  • The first two apply mainly to metal wastes that are being scrapped. The metal can either be subjected to aggressive abrasive grit blasting, or, if the contamination is concentrated in certain areas of the object and it cannot be removed, the areas of contamination will be thermally cut from the rest of the piece. This reduces the volume of radioactive waste that must be disposed. The decontaminated metal is sent offsite to a scrap metal dealer.
  • The third decontamination process is hand wiping with soaps or solvents to remove or reduce the radioactivity level. This process is typically applied to equipment that is being considered for reuse by the generator.
  • The final process for solid wastes is the BSFR program. In this program, the waste container is first surveyed to determine the level of radioactivity to see whether the container can be processed in bulk or by the components in the container. Components are sorted by dose rate, material, and density. They are repackaged for disposal in a form that optimizes transportation and disposal costs. The BSFR program is a “conditional release” program authorized by the State of Tennessee as part of the Radioactive Materials License. The program allows for disposal of bulk solid materials with detectable quantities of radioactive material at a commercial landfill in the State of Tennessee.

Description Date:2011 Facility Review Program

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