Prospective Approach to the Development of Emergency Preparedness Hazards Assessments


S. L. Bond, L. R. Campbell, J. D. Jamison


The Hanford Site is engaged in the largest hazardous waste cleanup effort ever undertaken, which poses emergency preparedness challenges. The first steps in the emergency planning hazards assessment process are to describe the facility, identify and screen the hazardous material inventory, and characterize the inventory that is significant enough to warrant detailed assessment. However, the cleanup effort sometimes involves a hazardous material inventory that is long forgotten and the records are sketchy. Learning how to deal with these uncertainties is a continuing process. The goal is to proceed with the cleanup in a cost-effective manner without undertaking exhaustive physical characterization prior to beginning cleanup activities. Physical characterization may itself require emergency planning.


This abstract was presented at the 35th Annual Midyear Meeting, "Decommissioning and Environmental Restoration", Poster Session, 2/17/2002 - 2/20/2002, held in Orlando, FL.

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