AbstractThis report describes the chemical separations used to measure the amount and chemical form of mercury in Hanford tank waste and provides the technical basis and recommendations for transferring and implementing this new ultra-trace mercury analytical technique at Hanford’s 222-S Laboratory. In the Hanford tank waste, mercury can exist as either elemental, inorganic, or organic mercury species. Of key interest is understanding the quantification and speciation of total (elemental + inorganic + organic), elemental, and organic (assumed to be only methyl mercury) mercury. The tanks may also have other organic mercury species, but their direct measurement is outside the scope of this report.
Published: April 22, 2023