|Document ID (ISN)||58743|
|ISSN - Serial title
||0017-9078 - Health Physics
|Convention or series no.
||Linins I., Klein R.C., Gershey E.L.
||Management of mixed wastes from biomedical research
||Sep. 1991, Vol.61, No.3, p.421-426. Illus. 10 ref.
||Mixed radioactive and chemical wastes generated by biomedical research were characterised, and various treatment methods for reducing their volume were evaluated. These wastes consist primarily of organic solvents used in the extraction and purification of radiolabelled biomolecules that are contaminated with low levels of long-lived radionuclides. Rockefeller University's mixed wastes fall into three broad chemical categories: phenol/chloroform, acetonitrile/water, and mixtures of miscellaneous solvents such as carbon tetrachloride, benzene, and other hazardous chemicals. Most of these mixed wastes can be effectively rendered into non-radioactive chemical and aqueous radioactive waste, both of which can be disposed of in accordance with existing regulations. However, such treatment, if not done properly, presents potential occupational hazards from the direct handling of waste materials. Deregulation of certain mixed wastes would be the safest, most cost-effective, and practical method of handling the problem.
||disposal of harmful waste; disposal of radioactive waste; waste disposal; organic solvents
||laboratories; legal aspects; chloroform; phenols; benzene; acetonitrile; carbon tetrachloride
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||USA|
||Chemicals, plastics and rubber
|Broad subject area(s)
||Waste collection and disposal