After Oregon Steel Mills started looking at baghouse dust as a constructive material rather than a hazardous waste, they developed a process to "glassify
" the dust for use in other construction trade products.
The second--and perhaps best--option for plutonium may be to "glassify
" it by mixing the plutonium oxide with liquid high-level radioactive waste and then solidifying the blend into ceramic or glass blocks for burial deep underground.
Vitrification could be done in bulk, which would glassify
the waste in large blocks, or a second low activity waste facility could be built in the vitrification plant to turn the waste into smaller logs, DOE reported.
When the plant begins operating, the High Level Waste Facility will vitrify, or "glassify
," high-level radioactive waste in a 12-hour process that includes: