Radionuclide migration studies at the Nevada Test Site

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The United States government routinely tests nuclear devices at the Nevada Test Site (NTS) in southern Nevada. A significant amount of radioactive material exists underground at the NTS with no containers or engineered barriers to inhibit its subsequent migration. The Department of Energy has sponsored for many years a research program on radionuclide movement in the geologic media at this location. Goals of this research program are to measure the extent of movement of radionuclides away from underground explosion sites and to determine the mechanisms by which such movement occurs. This program has acquired significance in another aspect of nuclear ... continued below

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Thompson, J.L. December 1, 1989.

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The United States government routinely tests nuclear devices at the Nevada Test Site (NTS) in southern Nevada. A significant amount of radioactive material exists underground at the NTS with no containers or engineered barriers to inhibit its subsequent migration. The Department of Energy has sponsored for many years a research program on radionuclide movement in the geologic media at this location. Goals of this research program are to measure the extent of movement of radionuclides away from underground explosion sites and to determine the mechanisms by which such movement occurs. This program has acquired significance in another aspect of nuclear waste management because of the Yucca Mountain Project. Yucca Mountain at the NTS is being intensively studied as the possible site for a mined repository for high level nuclear waste. The NTS provides a unique setting for field studies concerning radionuclide migration; there is the potential for greatly increasing our knowledge of the behavior of radioactive materials in volcanogenic media. This review summarizes some of the significant findings made under this research program at the NTS and identifies reports in which the details of the research may be found. 36 refs., 4 figs.

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INIS; OSTI as DE90003169

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  • PACIFICHEM `89: international chemical congress of Pacific Basin Societies, Honolulu, HI (United States), 17-22 Dec 1989

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  • Other: DE90003169
  • Report No.: LA-UR--89-3701
  • Report No.: CONF-891206--4
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-36
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 137560
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc627924

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Thompson, J.L. Radionuclide migration studies at the Nevada Test Site, article, December 1, 1989; New Mexico. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc627924/: accessed December 15, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.