Overview of scientific investigations at Yucca Mountain; the potential repository for high-level nuclear waste

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Authors:Bodvarsson, Gudmundur S.; Boyle, W.; Patterson, R.; Williams, D.
Author Affiliations:Primary:
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA, United States
Other:
U. S. Department of Energy, United States
Volume Title:Yucca Mountain project
Volume Authors:Bodvarsson, Gudmundur S., editor; Tsang, Yvonne W.
Source:Yucca Mountain project, edited by Gudmundur S. Bodvarsson and Yvonne W. Tsang. Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, 38(1-3), p.3-24. Publisher: Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands. ISSN: 0169-7722
Publication Date:1999
Note:In English. 43 refs.; illus., incl. block diag., sect., geol. sketch map
Summary:The US Department of Energy (DOE) has been evaluating the unsaturated zone (UZ) at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, as a potential repository site for high level nuclear waste. A large number of boreholes have been drilled at the site, and an underground tunnel, the exploratory studies facility (ESF), has been constructed. A variety of boreholes and underground tests have been conducted that have provided large amounts of data from the UZ. This paper summarizes some of the current knowledge of geological and hydrological characteristics of the site and provides the framework for a series of technical papers that follow in this issue. A brief discussion is also given to the repository safety strategy for Yucca Mountain and the UZ site-scale flow model. Abstract Copyright (1999) Elsevier, B.V.
Subjects:Aquifers; Cenozoic; Controls; Ground water; High-level waste; Infiltration; Lithostratigraphy; Migration of elements; Miocene; Neogene; Nuclear facilities; Pollution; Porous materials; Preferential flow; Preventive measures; Radioactive waste; Rock mechanics; Safety; Semi-arid environment; Site exploration; Soils; Terrestrial environment; Tertiary; Theoretical models; Three-dimensional models; Topopah Spring Member; Underground disposal; Unsaturated zone; Waste disposal; Waste management; Nevada; Nye County Nevada; United States; Yucca Mountain; Repositories
Coordinates:N364400 N370000 W1162500 W1163500
Record ID:1999053602
Copyright Information:GeoRef, Copyright 2018 American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data from CAPCAS, Elsevier Scientific Publishers, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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