Industrial Video to Monitor Nuclear Waste Clean-Up

Tuesday, July 12, 2011 @ 10:07 AM gHale


Industrial Video and Control (IVC) will supply video cameras—50% of which are radiation tolerant—to Parsons Corp. Parsons is building the Salt Waste Processing Facility (SWPF), a plant designed to process liquid waste stored in underground tanks at the Savannah River Site.

Video from the IVC cameras will integrate into an Emerson Process Management DeltaV control system, where software from IVC will allow operators to view the video on DeltaV screens. IVC’s software will also build up multiple multi-monitor views that will display any number of live video windows.

The cameras will monitor processing operations in the SWPF, allowing operators at the DeltaV consoles to watch over critical steps in the process and monitor the activities of workers in the area. IVC is supplying cameras, a complete video network, and Relay Server and View Station camera management software to Parsons.

The Savannah River Site is a “nuclear reservation” near Augusta, GA. The 310 square mile site started up in the 1950s to refine materials for use in nuclear weapons, and to store all the solid and liquid waste that resulted. From 1953 to 1988, the site produced 36 metric tons of plutonium in five nuclear reactors. None of the reactors on the site are operating at present, but plans are to clean up radioactive materials on the site and use the site for other purposes.

The Savannah River Site is looking to have a Mixed Oxide Fuel (MOX) manufacturing plant that will convert weapons-grade plutonium into fuel for commercial nuclear power reactors. Other plans call for a reactor park for power generation, and acting as a host for reactor research. The U.S. Department of Energy owns the site.

As part of the overall clean-up operation, the SWPF facility will process 75 million gallons of salt waste currently stored in underground tanks, at a rate of 6 million gallons per year. The SWPF will remove Caesium-137, Strontium-90, and actinides from the salt wastes.



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