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Correction on tritium study

Terry Powell Community Relations Officer Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Berkeley
Saturday January 12, 2002


The Jan. 8 letter (“No to LBNL incinerator”)from Mark McDonald contains erroneous information about the tritium mixed waste treatability study and the closure of the National Tritium Labeling Facility.  

The treatability study would establish an alternative to incineration for handling mixed waste (a combination of radioactive and hazardous waste), and involve approximately 5 liters of NTLF mixed waste.  

The July 1998 unplanned release of 35 Curies occurred during work on a separate process that has been eliminated. The treatability study on catalytic chemical oxidation does not threaten the health and safety of nearby residents.  

The State Department of Toxic Substances Control has recognized that this short-term study is necessary and valuable. 


Terry Powell 

Community Relations Officer 

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory