NORM Disposal & Waste Management

Naturally occurring radioactive material -- also known as NORM -- are substances that naturally contain radioactive isotopes. NORM wastes are commonly produced by industrial, mining and manufacturing processes. Materials that typically contain low concentrations of radioactive particles include:

  • Fly Ash
  • Phosphogypsum
  • Petrochemical and refining sludges
  • Sand blast grit from refinery or refractory operations
  • Refractory
  • Pipe and pipeline scale from refinery or oil-field operations

NORM wastes are often generated when carbon-based materials like coal and petroleum are burned. This is because trace amounts of uranium, thorium and other radioisotopes are naturally found in these materials and will linger in waste products even after combustion. When concentrations of radioactive matter increases past certain threshold -- then the materials may be classified as NORM or TENORM (Technically Enhanced Naturally Occurring Radioactive Waste) and would require special handling.

Waste Management handles NORM and TENORM wastes from industrial sources nationwide. We also manage NORM wastes from water treatment plant filtration systems, another common source of this material. Our Subtitle C landfills are fully permitted to treat, store and dispose of low activity radioactive waste. We handle every aspect of NORM and TENORM management. This includes characterizing your residuals through lab analysis as needed, transportation, disposal and documentation.

We perform all these services while adhering to the strictest federal and state environmental regulations. Be confident that, with Waste Management, your company will always be in full regulatory compliance.

To learn more about how your company can benefit from Waste Management's NORM and TENORM management services, contact the Waste Management Technical Service Center in your area by calling 800-963-4776 or find a location.