A SURVEY OF THE FARALLON ISLANDS RADIOACTIVE WASTE DISPOSAL SITE

This paper reports on a recent survey of the major ocean disposal site for radioactive wastes on the Pacific coast. This site, located near the Farallon Islands (59 km west of San Francisco), was used from 1946 to 1966 for the disposal of containerized, low-level radioactive waste materials. On the order of 47,000 containers were dumped in three areas within the site during its period of activity. In August of 1974, a survey was conducted by a joint team, Interstate Electronics Corporation and Haval Undersea Center, for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It was performed for the Ocean Disposal Program and the Office of Radiation Programs under a contract to study criteria for the control of ocean dumping. The purpose of the survey was to locate the canisters and investigate their condition and the condition of surrounding sediments. The paper addresses the technical and operational problems faced by the combined team and the methods used to solve them. An analysis of the significance of the findings and their implications on the future use of the oceans for disposal of low-level radioactive wastes is provided.

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  • Pagination: p. 684-687

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  • Accession Number: 00129216
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Proceeding
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 19 1976 12:00AM