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Vol. 56, Special Issue        March 2004
[Sandia National Laboratories]

Albuquerque, New Mexico 87185-0165    ||   Livermore, California 94550-0969
Tonopah, Nevada; Nevada Test Site; Amarillo, Texas

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Environmental management and remediation

With filling and covering of the engineered containment cell, the mission for Sandia's Corrective Action Management Unit (CAMU) has been completed. The CAMU, unique in the DOE complex, has been used for the staging, treatment, and containment of hazardous and toxic waste generated during soil remediation. The CAMU's cell contains more than 31,000 cubic yards of contaminated soil excavated from the Chemical Waste Landfill. Conventional off-site disposal of this material would have expended more than $250 million of taxpayer funds. (6100, 3100)

Based on results of quarterly inspections and sampling at Sandia monitoring stations, the City of Albuquerque awarded Sandia five gold awards for compliance with wastewater discharge permits. The Model Validation Design Team won DOE Pollution Prevention (P2) and White House Closing the Circle awards for incorporating sustainability into facility design/construction. A P2 award was received for a site-wide energy-savings contest. Sandia's P2 efforts were recognized as models for other large federal and private institutions. (3100)

Emergency Management deployed more than 1,350 Tone Alert Radios (TARs) at the New Mexico site through the SPAN (Sandia Protective Action Notification) program, enabling the Emergency Operations Center to communicate time-urgent information, protective actions, and instructions to onsite personnel located indoors. TARs can broadcast pre-recorded and impromptu messages by building, groups of buildings, tech area, or Labs-wide. In special applications, TARs are supplemented with strobe lights and text message boxes. Additionally, approximately 125 Building Evacuation Teams were trained, enhancing evacuation procedures and implementation of shelter-in-place actions.

Center 3100's waste management departments reduced Sandia's environmental risk by disposing of legacy waste. This included some 60,000 lb. of explosive waste consisting of WWII ammunition/ gunpowder, ProForce training ammunition, field-test waste, and obsolete rocket motors (approximately 36,000 lb.), as well as emergency explosive waste (diethyl ether) and routine waste from ongoing programs. Additional waste reduction included 456 cubic meters of legacy low-level radioactive waste shipments to Nevada Test Site, which exceeded the volume of radioactive waste shipments to that location in any previous year. (3100)

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