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At the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Radiochemical Processing Laboratory (RPL), researchers conduct analytical research on nuclear materials using hot cells that shield the researcher from the radiation. The RPL is being transformed into the cornerstone of PNNL’s Capability Replacement Laboratory to facilitate cutting-edge science with nuclear materials using state-of-the-art equipment and instrumentation.

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Document Title: Radiochemical Processing Laboratory hot cell
Category: Nuclear Research and Facilities
Media Type: Photos
Date of Image/Photo: August 2008
Background: The RPL contains two fully staffed and equipped hot cell complexes for conducting work with highly radioactive materials. These complexes provide unique, complementary capabilities for conducting bench-scale to pilot-scale work with wide varieties and forms of radioactive materials. The RPL’s Shielded Analytical Laboratory hot cells are specially designed to perform a variety of analytical chemistry operations on radioactive samples with dose rates of up to 2000R/h. The High-Level Radiochemistry Facility hot cells are designed to shield radiation levels of up to 10E6 roentgens per hour at 1.2-MeV gamma. Work performed in these cells includes waste tank characterization and processing verification, pretreatment, advanced analytical methods development, isotope processing, advanced separations and reactor fuel handling. Work with classified materials and documentation is also conducted in the facility.
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