Disposal of high-level nuclear waste above the water table in arid regions

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Locating a repository in the unsaturated zone of arid regions eliminates or simplifies many of the technological problems involved in designing a repository for operation below the water table and predicting its performance. It also offers possible accessibility and ease of monitoring throughout the operational period and possible retrieval of waste long after. The risks inherent in such a repository appear to be no greater than in one located in the saturated zone; in fact, many aspects of such a repository`s performance will be much easier to predict and the uncertainties will be reduced correspondingly. A major new concern would ... continued below

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Roseboom, E.H. Jr. December 31, 1983.

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Locating a repository in the unsaturated zone of arid regions eliminates or simplifies many of the technological problems involved in designing a repository for operation below the water table and predicting its performance. It also offers possible accessibility and ease of monitoring throughout the operational period and possible retrieval of waste long after. The risks inherent in such a repository appear to be no greater than in one located in the saturated zone; in fact, many aspects of such a repository`s performance will be much easier to predict and the uncertainties will be reduced correspondingly. A major new concern would be whether future climatic changes could produce significant consequences due to possible rise of the water table or increased flux of water through the repository. If spent fuel were used as a waste form, a second new concern would be the rates of escape of gaseous {sup 129}I and {sup 14}C to the atmosphere.

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US Geological Survey, 604 South Pickett Street, Alexandria, VA 22304; OSTI as TI85900597

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  • Report No.: USGS-CIRC--903
  • DOI: 10.2172/59660 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 59660
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc698287

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Roseboom, E.H. Jr. Disposal of high-level nuclear waste above the water table in arid regions, report, December 31, 1983; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc698287/: accessed January 18, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.