Selection of containment systems for commercial high-level radioactive waste management

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This document reports the results of a study aimed at determining the best strategy for providing containment during management of commercial high-level radioactive wastes. Containment to assure public and worker safety is needed for all storage, transport, handling, and disposal operations. There are several thousand containment system options; this work determined, in overview rather than detail, which options should be pursued. This work shows that the geologic and engineered barriers in repositories in different geologic media, such as salt and granite, play very different roles in preserving long-term containment. In sum, there is no common engineered waste package that is ... continued below

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Kaplan, M. F.; Giuffre, M. S. & Bartlett, J. W. May 1, 1981.

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This document reports the results of a study aimed at determining the best strategy for providing containment during management of commercial high-level radioactive wastes. Containment to assure public and worker safety is needed for all storage, transport, handling, and disposal operations. There are several thousand containment system options; this work determined, in overview rather than detail, which options should be pursued. This work shows that the geologic and engineered barriers in repositories in different geologic media, such as salt and granite, play very different roles in preserving long-term containment. In sum, there is no common engineered waste package that is suitable for disposal in all geologic media, each package must be tailored to the specific repository system. The need to make the waste package specific to the repository system leads to the key elements of waste management containment strategy: perform final packaging at the disposal site, and deliver to the site a waste that is in a form suitable for disposal and in a container that is (a) appropriate for the process that produced the waste form, (b) satisfactory for transport, and (c) suitable as the common basis for custom tailoring the waste package for any repository system. As described in this report, mild carbon steel is a container material that can be expected to meet these requirements.

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  • Report No.: PNL-3803
  • Grant Number: AC06-76RL01830
  • DOI: 10.2172/6484406 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 6484406
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc1210518

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Kaplan, M. F.; Giuffre, M. S. & Bartlett, J. W. Selection of containment systems for commercial high-level radioactive waste management, report, May 1, 1981; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1210518/: accessed January 18, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.