Systematic approach to geologic and hydrologic site characterization

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Detailed investigations and analyses are required to define the site characteristics affecting the interactions between the disposal site and its surroundings, the isolation of the wastes, and the long-term stability of the disposal site. These investigations (or site characterization studies) are performed after selection of a preferred site for a low-level waste disposal facility. Site characterization has the specific objectives of providing information needed for: demonstrating that the minimum site conditions used in site selection are met, supporting the performance assessment (pathways analysis), facility design, and preparation of an environmental impact statement, if required. Much of the technical information needed ... continued below

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Ketelle, R.H. January 1, 1985.

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Detailed investigations and analyses are required to define the site characteristics affecting the interactions between the disposal site and its surroundings, the isolation of the wastes, and the long-term stability of the disposal site. These investigations (or site characterization studies) are performed after selection of a preferred site for a low-level waste disposal facility. Site characterization has the specific objectives of providing information needed for: demonstrating that the minimum site conditions used in site selection are met, supporting the performance assessment (pathways analysis), facility design, and preparation of an environmental impact statement, if required. Much of the technical information needed for these specific objectives overlaps. Preliminary information obtained during the site selection activity and the technical considerations generated by the performance objectives are used to plan the scope of site characterization investigations. To provide the necessary data in an efficient and cost-effective manner, site characterization studies should be systematically organized and managed. The investigations should be phased with some flexibility in planning later phases on the basis of findings of preceding studies. A conceptual model of the site and active hydrologic processes should be developed early in site investigations and adjusted as additional detailed data are obtained. The conceptual model is used as the basis on which analytical models used in performance assessment are defined and calibrated.

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NTIS, PC A02/MF A01.

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  • Low-level waste siting and characterization meeting, Paris, France, 1 Oct 1985

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  • Other: DE86001346
  • Report No.: CONF-8510169-2
  • Grant Number: AC05-84OR21400
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 5188221
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc1052124

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Ketelle, R.H. Systematic approach to geologic and hydrologic site characterization, article, January 1, 1985; Tennessee. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1052124/: accessed November 19, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.