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Title: Greater confinement disposal of radioactive waste in borehole facilities.

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Research Org.:
Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
OSTI Identifier:
1264311
Report Number(s):
SAND2006-2635C
526386
DOE Contract Number:
AC04-94AL85000
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: Proposed for presentation at the IAEA International Symposium on the Disposal of Low Activity Radioactive Waste held December 13-17, 2004 in Cordoba, Spain.
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English

Citation Formats

Cochran, John R., and Hasan, Ahmed. Greater confinement disposal of radioactive waste in borehole facilities.. United States: N. p., 2006. Web.
Cochran, John R., & Hasan, Ahmed. Greater confinement disposal of radioactive waste in borehole facilities.. United States.
Cochran, John R., and Hasan, Ahmed. Sat . "Greater confinement disposal of radioactive waste in borehole facilities.". United States. doi:. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1264311.
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