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Audit Report: ER-B-00-03

June 19, 2000

Waste Characterization at Oak Ridge

Waste characterization is a series of steps performed to determine the weight, volume, and physical characteristics of radioactive waste. The Department of Energy (Department) uses data obtained from waste characterization to evaluate treatment and disposal options for the waste. The characterization process begins when the generator of the waste prepares a general description of the waste produced. The extent of work performed for the final characterization is dependent on the amount and quality of information provided by the generator and the proposed treatment or disposal option for the waste.