Underground mining and deep geologic disposal - Two compatible and complementary activities

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Active and mature underground mining districts offer conditions favorable to deep geologic disposal because their geology is known in more detail, the feasibility of underground excavations has already been demonstrated, mining leaves distinctive footprints and records that alert subsequent generations to the anthropogenic alterations of the underground environment, and subsequent exploration and production proceeds with great care and accuracy to locate and generally to avoid old mine workings. Compatibility of mining with deep geologic waste disposal has been proven by decades of experience with safe storage and disposal in former mines and in the mined-out areas of still active mining ... continued below

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Rempe, N.T. December 31, 1995.

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Active and mature underground mining districts offer conditions favorable to deep geologic disposal because their geology is known in more detail, the feasibility of underground excavations has already been demonstrated, mining leaves distinctive footprints and records that alert subsequent generations to the anthropogenic alterations of the underground environment, and subsequent exploration and production proceeds with great care and accuracy to locate and generally to avoid old mine workings. Compatibility of mining with deep geologic waste disposal has been proven by decades of experience with safe storage and disposal in former mines and in the mined-out areas of still active mining operations. Mineral extraction around an intended repository reduces the incentive for future disturbance. Incidental features of mineral exploration and extraction such as lost circulation zones, allochthonous backfill, and permanent surface markers can deter future intrusion into a repository. Thus exploration and production of mineral resources should be compatible with, and complementary to, deep geologic waste disposal.

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INIS; OSTI as DE96014294

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  • Canadian Nuclear Society (CNS) international conference on deep geological disposal of radioactive waste, Winnipeg (Canada), 15-18 Sep 1996

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  • Other: DE96014294
  • Report No.: DOE/WIPP--95-2129
  • Report No.: CONF-960911--1
  • Grant Number: AC04-86AL31950
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 279642
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc670421

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Rempe, N.T. Underground mining and deep geologic disposal - Two compatible and complementary activities, article, December 31, 1995; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc670421/: accessed October 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.