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Brookhaven National Laboratory - HFBR Tritium

January 1, 2014 - 12:00pm


US Department of Energy Groundwater Database
Groundwater Master Report

InstallationName, State: Brookhaven National Laboratory
Responsible DOE Office: Office of Environmental Management
Plume Name: HFBR Tritium
Remediation Contractor: Brookhaven Science Associates
PBS Number 30
Report Last Updated: 2014



Halogenated VOCs/SVOCs Present?: No


Fuel Present? No    
Metals Present? No    
Isotopes Present? No    
Explosives Present? No    
Other Contaminants? No    
Tritium Present? Yes Activity (pCi/l) 30,000
Regulatory Driver Yes Cleanup Requirement (pCi/l) 20,000
Nitrates Present No    
Regulatory Driver No    
Sulfates Present No    
Regulatory Driver No    



Conduit Flow? No Depth (feet): 30
Multiple Units Affected? No Avg Velocity (feet/year): 300


Plume Information

Source: Controlled Area of Plume (acres): 0.5
Plume Status:      


Remedial Approach

Remedy Name Status Start Date End Date
other (provide technology) Confirmed 1999 2030


Groundwater Use / Exit Strategy

Potable? Yes Does an Exit Strategy Exist? Yes
Sole Source Aquifer?  Yes Basis for Exit Strategy: Target Concentration


Environmental Indicators (EIs)

Groundwater Migration Under Control? Yes Current Human Exposure Acceptable? Yes
Confirmed by Lead Regulator? Yes Confirmed by Lead Regulator? Yes



Decision Document? Decision Document in Place Lead Regulatory Agency: Federal
Date Approved: OU II ROD-2000 Regulatory Driver: CERCLA
Regulatory Position on Groundwater Use Same as Site? Yes



HFBR Pump and recharge ran 1999-2000 and was restarted in November 2007. This system is expected to finish operating in 2011
and meet standards by 2030. Remediation objectives are to meet MCLs standards in groundwater; complete cleanup of
groundwater in a timely manner (30years or less for Upper Glacial Aquifer) and prevent or minimize further migration. Basis for
exit strategy: Reach MCLs in 30 years. Expected period of performance: Up to 20 years for MNA portion. Remedy of combined
hydraulic control, radiological decay, and MNA will restore aquifer.