Incidental TENORM: A Guidance for State Solid Waste Managers

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The ASTSWMO Radiation Focus Group developed this guidance to inform solid waste management and other officials about technologically-enhanced, naturally-occurring, radioactive materials (TENORM) concerns and management approaches.  TENORM contamination is typically the result of process operations involving the extraction, purification, filtration, smelting, or pipeline transport of virtually any material of geological origin.  The TENORM discussed in this guidance are not federally regulated and are incidentally concentrated from various industrial processes, such as coal mining and combustion, and water treatment.  These materials have the potential to be transported to solid waste facilities or become legacy contaminants on CERCLA sites.

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