Large component waste management, processing, and recycling
Packaging, transportation, processing, and disposition of the condenser modules, water boxes and miscellaneous metal, combustibles and water generated during the 2011 condenser replacement outage at the Columbia Generating Station.
Over-sized and overweight condenser modules packaged and shipped for processing.
Plan development to minimize waste, ensure safety and compliance, and maximize customer value.
Design of custom shipping containers; processing facility; and transportation challenges.
Recycling was a successful solution for keeping the material out of landfills and preserving our natural resources.
The on-site portion of the project was completed without impact to the overall customer outage schedule.
Our partnerships include some of the best companies in the industry. We know how to bring the right skills at the right time to enhance our partners' and customers' success.
Perma-Fix was awarded a contract from Energy Northwest for the packaging, transportation and disposition of the condenser modules, water boxes and miscellaneous metal, combustibles and water generated during the 2011 condenser replacement outage at the Columbia Generating Station. The work scope was to package the water boxes and condenser modules as they were removed from the facility and transfer them to the Perma-Fix Northwest facility for processing, recycling of metals and disposition. The condenser components were over-sized and overweight (the condenser modules weighed ~102,058 kg [225,000 lbs]) which required special equipment for loading and transport. Additional debris waste was packaged in intermodals and IP-1 boxes for transport.
A waste management plan was developed to minimize the generation of virtually any waste requiring landfill disposal. The Perma-Fix Northwest facility was modified to accommodate the ~15m [50-ft] long condenser modules and equipment was designed and manufactured to complete the disassembly, decontamination and release survey. The condenser modules underwent processing for free release to a local metal recycler. 2.3 million pounds of metal was received and 88% of the waste generated during this outage was recycled and therefore did not require land disposal.
There were several elements of this project that needed to be addressed during the preparation for this outage and the subsequent packaging, transportation and processing.
If any of these issues were not adequately resolved prior to the start of the outage, costly delays would result and the re-start of the power plant could be impacted.
The main focus of this project was to find successful methods for keeping this material out of landfills and preserving the natural resources, which also provided a significant cost savings to the public utility by minimizing landfill disposal. The on-site portion of the project was completed without impact to the overall outage schedule.
Our fixed base facilities offer highly specialized treatment options that help reduce risk and avoid costly internal program development.. .
Nuclear & Technical
Our highly experienced team of professionals can handle domestic and international challenges across all project disciplines.. .
We repair, calibrate and rent radiological and industrial hygiene instrumentation, and have one of the country's largest commercial instrument inventories.. .
Our research team specializes in development of new and innovative solutions that manage risk and create value associated with nuclear materials.. .