Low-level radioactive waste (LLW) management at the Nevada Test Site (NTS)

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In 1978, the Department of Energy, Nevada Operations Office (DOE/NV), established a managed LLW disposal project at the Nevada Test Site (NTS). Two, sites which were already accepting limited amounts of on-site generated waste for disposal and off-site generated Transuranic Waste for interim storage, were selected to house the disposal facilities. In those early days, these sites, located about 15 miles apart, afforded the DOE/NV the opportunity to use at least two technologies to manage its waste cost effectively. The Area 5 Radioactive Waste Management Site (RWMS) uses engineered shallow-land burial cells to dispose packaged waste while the Area 3 ... continued below

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Becker, B.D.; Gertz, C.P.; Clayton, W.A. & Crowe, B.M. December 31, 1998.

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In 1978, the Department of Energy, Nevada Operations Office (DOE/NV), established a managed LLW disposal project at the Nevada Test Site (NTS). Two, sites which were already accepting limited amounts of on-site generated waste for disposal and off-site generated Transuranic Waste for interim storage, were selected to house the disposal facilities. In those early days, these sites, located about 15 miles apart, afforded the DOE/NV the opportunity to use at least two technologies to manage its waste cost effectively. The Area 5 Radioactive Waste Management Site (RWMS) uses engineered shallow-land burial cells to dispose packaged waste while the Area 3 RWMS uses subsidence craters formed from underground testing of nuclear weapons for the disposal of packaged and unpackaged bulk waste. The paper describes the technical attributes of both Area 5 and Area 3 facilities, the acceptance process, the disposal processes, and present and future capacities of both sites.

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  • 19. U.S. Department of Energy low-level radioactive waste management conference, Salt Lake City, UT (United States), 10-12 Nov 1998

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  • Other: DE99001385
  • Report No.: DOE/NV--520
  • Report No.: CONF-981121--
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 303979
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc684873

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Becker, B.D.; Gertz, C.P.; Clayton, W.A. & Crowe, B.M. Low-level radioactive waste (LLW) management at the Nevada Test Site (NTS), article, December 31, 1998; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc684873/: accessed September 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.