ORSC & DAW Sorting
With UniTech’s acquisition of the Oak Ridge Service Center (ORSC) formerly owned and operated by Babcock Services, Inc., customers have the benefit of even more cost-saving programs. UniTech now combines its monitoring and decontamination expertise with the newfound ability to provide licensed Bulk Survey for Release (BSFR) disposal at reduced rates. With its BSFR license, UniTech has begun implementing a Dry Active Waste (DAW) Sorting Program that produces significant savings figures. UniTech can now sort customer waste into categories: tool and equipment for recycling, BSFR-level materials, items for decontamination, and items with potential for free release and/or scrap value.
Following D.C. Cook Nuclear Generating Station’s fall 2016 outage, UniTech’s ORSC sorted and processed 145,020 lbs. of total material. 85 percent of D.C. Cook’s waste qualified for BSFR disposal. By processing waste for BSFR disposal rather than Low-Level Radioactive Waste (LLRW) disposal, UniTech was able to save D.C. Cook total waste cost savings close to 40 percent. For all DAW-sorted materials in the D.C. Cook project, UniTech achieved a composite price 40 percent lower than typical radwaste disposal rates.
The ORSC has handled various other processing projects, including eight shipments of scaffolding from Enrico Fermi Nuclear Generating Station. In fall 2016, ORSC processed 27 total shipments of material, yielding a highly competitive composite average price. UniTech is proud of the many advantages the ORSC affords our customers:
- Regional facilities can pick up materials from customers, then monitor, decontaminate and, as needed, ship to ORSC for licensed BSFR disposal at reduced rates.
- UniTech provides cost-effective non-outage tool and metal decontamination services via ORSC and its BSFR processing license.
- With ORSC, UniTech’s radiological monitoring and BSFR expertise provides cost-effective material processing, minimizing radiological waste expenses for customers.
- While at a customer’s facility for outage work, UniTech can easily pick up Dry Active Waste (DAW) for segregation and sorting. ORSC can provide sorting and analysis of DAW, metals, wood, and disposable garments, as well as in-house decontamination, recycling, free release of eligible materials, and materials transportation.