Insights to repository performance through study of a nuclear test site

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Authors:Smith, D. K.; Kersting, A. B.; Thompson, J. L.; Finnegan, D. L.
Corporate Authors:Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA, performer
Source:No.UCRL-JC-137194-R1, 18p. Availability: National Technical Information Service, (703)605-6900, order number DE2004-15006369NEG, Springfield, VA, United States
Publication Date:2000
Note:In English. Presented at the 24th Symposium on the Scientific basis for nuclear waste management, Sydney, Aug. 27-31, 2000
Summary:Underground nuclear test sites offer an unprecedented opportunity to evaluate processes relevant to high-level waste repository performance in the absence of engineered barriers. Radionuclide migration programs at the Nevada Test Site represent a twenty-five year systematic investigation of the diverse radiologic source terms residual from weapons testing and the evolution of the hydrologic source term which comprises those radionuclides dissolved in or otherwise available for transport by groundwater. The Nevada Test Site shares actinide source terms, correlative geology, an identical tectonic setting, similar climate, and a thick unsaturated zone with the adjacent proposed Yucca Mountain high-level waste repository and provides a natural laboratory to assess long-term radionuclide transport in the near field. Analog studies may ultimately help validate predictions of radionuclide transport from the Yucca Mountain repository.
Subjects:Ground water; High-level waste; Isotopes; Migration of elements; Pollutants; Pollution; Radioactive isotopes; Radioactive waste; Storage; Underground space; Waste disposal; Nevada; Nevada Test Site; Nye County Nevada; United States; Yucca Mountain
Coordinates:N363500 N375200 W1152000 W1170500
Record ID:2007096008
Copyright Information:GeoRef, Copyright 2018 American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data from NTIS database, National Technical Information Service, Springfield, VA, United States
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