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Title: Report on geologic exploration activities

Abstract

This report provides an overview of the geological exploration activities being carried out as part of the National Waste Terminal Storage (NWTS) Program, which has been established by the US Department of Energy (DOE) to develop the technology and provide the facilities for the safe, environmentally acceptable isolation of civilian high-level and transuranic nuclear wastes, including spent fuel elements, for which the Federal government is reponsible. The principal programmatic emphasis is on disposal in mined geologic repositories. Explorations are being conducted or planned in various parts of the country to identify potential sites for such repositories. The work is being undertaken by three separate but coordinated NWTS project elements. Under the Basalt Waste Isolation Project (BWIP), basalt formations underlying DOE's Hanford Reservation are being investigated. Granite, tuff, and shale formations at the DOE Nevada Test Site (NTS) are being similarly studied in the Nevada Nuclear Waste Storage Investigations (NNWSI). The Office of Nuclear Waste Isolation (ONWI) is investigating domed salt formations in several Gulf Coast states and bedded salt formations in Utah and Texas. Th ONWI siting studies are being expanded to include areas overlying crystalline rocks, shales, and other geohydrologic systems. The current status of these NWTS efforts, includingmore » the projected budgets for FY 1981, is summarized, and the criteria and methodology being employed in the explorations are described. The consistency of the overall effort with the recommendations presented in the Report to the President by the Interagency Review Group on Nuclear Waste Management (IRG), as well as with documents representing the national technical consensus, is discussed.« less

Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Battelle Memorial Inst., Columbus, OH (USA). Office of Nuclear Waste Isolation
OSTI Identifier:
5201055
Report Number(s):
DOE/RL/C-14
TRN: 80-013378
DOE Contract Number:  
AC06-76RL01830
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
12 MANAGEMENT OF RADIOACTIVE AND NON-RADIOACTIVE WASTES FROM NUCLEAR FACILITIES; RADIOACTIVE WASTE DISPOSAL; COORDINATED RESEARCH PROGRAMS; UNDERGROUND DISPOSAL; RADIOACTIVE WASTE FACILITIES; SITE SELECTION; BASALT; BUDGETS; GRANITES; GULF COAST; HANFORD RESERVATION; NEVADA TEST SITE; RADIOACTIVE WASTE MANAGEMENT; SALT DEPOSITS; SHALES; TUFF; US DOE; GEOLOGIC DEPOSITS; IGNEOUS ROCKS; MANAGEMENT; NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS; NORTH AMERICA; NUCLEAR FACILITIES; PLUTONIC ROCKS; RESEARCH PROGRAMS; ROCKS; SEDIMENTARY ROCKS; US ERDA; US ORGANIZATIONS; USA; VOLCANIC ROCKS; WASTE DISPOSAL; WASTE MANAGEMENT; 052002* - Nuclear Fuels- Waste Disposal & Storage

Citation Formats

None. Report on geologic exploration activities. United States: N. p., 1980. Web. doi:10.2172/5201055.
None. Report on geologic exploration activities. United States. doi:10.2172/5201055.
None. Tue . "Report on geologic exploration activities". United States. doi:10.2172/5201055. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/5201055.
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title = {Report on geologic exploration activities},
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abstractNote = {This report provides an overview of the geological exploration activities being carried out as part of the National Waste Terminal Storage (NWTS) Program, which has been established by the US Department of Energy (DOE) to develop the technology and provide the facilities for the safe, environmentally acceptable isolation of civilian high-level and transuranic nuclear wastes, including spent fuel elements, for which the Federal government is reponsible. The principal programmatic emphasis is on disposal in mined geologic repositories. Explorations are being conducted or planned in various parts of the country to identify potential sites for such repositories. The work is being undertaken by three separate but coordinated NWTS project elements. Under the Basalt Waste Isolation Project (BWIP), basalt formations underlying DOE's Hanford Reservation are being investigated. Granite, tuff, and shale formations at the DOE Nevada Test Site (NTS) are being similarly studied in the Nevada Nuclear Waste Storage Investigations (NNWSI). The Office of Nuclear Waste Isolation (ONWI) is investigating domed salt formations in several Gulf Coast states and bedded salt formations in Utah and Texas. Th ONWI siting studies are being expanded to include areas overlying crystalline rocks, shales, and other geohydrologic systems. The current status of these NWTS efforts, including the projected budgets for FY 1981, is summarized, and the criteria and methodology being employed in the explorations are described. The consistency of the overall effort with the recommendations presented in the Report to the President by the Interagency Review Group on Nuclear Waste Management (IRG), as well as with documents representing the national technical consensus, is discussed.},
doi = {10.2172/5201055},
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place = {United States},
year = {1980},
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