Low-level radioactive waste management at the Nevada Test Site -- Current status

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The performance objectives of the Department of Energy`s Low-Level Radioactive Waste (LLW) disposal facilities located at the Nevada Test Site transcend those of any other radioactive waste disposal site in the US. Situated at the southern end of the Great Basin, 800 feet above the water table, the Area 5 Radioactive Waste Management Site (RWMS) has utilized a combination of engineered shallow land disposal cells and deep augured shafts to dispose a variety of waste streams. These include high volume low-activity wastes, classified materials, and high-specific-activity special case wastes. Twenty miles north of Area 5 is the Area 3 RWMS. ... continued below

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Becker, B.D.; Crowe, B.M.; Gertz, C.P. & Clayton, W.A. April 1, 1999.

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The performance objectives of the Department of Energy`s Low-Level Radioactive Waste (LLW) disposal facilities located at the Nevada Test Site transcend those of any other radioactive waste disposal site in the US. Situated at the southern end of the Great Basin, 800 feet above the water table, the Area 5 Radioactive Waste Management Site (RWMS) has utilized a combination of engineered shallow land disposal cells and deep augured shafts to dispose a variety of waste streams. These include high volume low-activity wastes, classified materials, and high-specific-activity special case wastes. Twenty miles north of Area 5 is the Area 3 RWMS. Here bulk LLW disposal takes place in subsidence craters formed from underground testing of nuclear weapons. Earliest records indicate that documented LLW disposal activities have occurred at the Area 5 and Area 3 RWMS`s since 1961 and 1968, respectively. However, these activities have only been managed under a formal program since 1978. This paper describes the technical attributes of the facilities, present and future capacities and capabilities, and provides a description of the process from waste approval to final disposition. The paper also summarizes the current status of the waste disposal operations.

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INIS; OSTI as DE99002186

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  • Waste management `99 symposium, Tucson, AZ (United States), 28 Feb - 4 Mar 1999

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  • Other: DE99002186
  • Report No.: LA-UR--99-638
  • Report No.: CONF-990201--
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-36
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 334230
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc677511

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Becker, B.D.; Crowe, B.M.; Gertz, C.P. & Clayton, W.A. Low-level radioactive waste management at the Nevada Test Site -- Current status, article, April 1, 1999; New Mexico. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc677511/: accessed November 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.