EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Barriers for confinement-in-place of buried waste have been used effectively in many environmental remediation activities. Numerous sites contaminated by buried or tank-stored radioactive waste, such as the Hanford Reservation, Richland, WA, that are being managed for remediation by the U.S. Department of Energy, will probably require some form of containment-in-place during their lifetime. This brief report recommends that containment-in-place technology be considered and evaluated on its technical, fiscal, environmental, and public health merits as a possible short- or long-term alternative for radioactive waste management. Such analyses should be conducted on a site-specific basis.



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THE POTENTIAL ROLE OF CONTAINMENT-IN-PLACE IN AN INTEGRATED APPROACH TO THE HANFORD RESERVATION SITE ENVIRONMENTAL REMEDIATION EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Barriers for confinement-in-place of buried waste have been used effectively in many environmental remediation activities. Numerous sites contaminated by buried or tank-stored radioactive waste, such as the Hanford Reservation, Richland, WA, that are being managed for remediation by the U.S. Department of Energy, will probably require some form of containment-in-place during their lifetime. This brief report recommends that containment-in-place technology be considered and evaluated on its technical, fiscal, environmental, and public health merits as a possible short- or long-term alternative for radioactive waste management. Such analyses should be conducted on a site-specific basis.

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