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Title: WIPP site and vicinity geological field trip. A report of a field trip to the proposed Waste Isolation Pilot Plant project in Southeastern New Mexico, June 16 to 18, 1980

Abstract

The Environmental Evaluation Group is conducting an assessment of the radiological health risks to people from the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. As a part of this work, EEG is making an effort to improve the understanding of those geological issues concerning the WIPP site which may affect the radiological consequences of the proposed repository. One of the important geological issues to be resolved is the timing and the nature of the dissolution processes which may have affected the WIPP site. EEG organized a two-day conference of geological scientists, on January 17-18, 1980. On the basis of the January conference and the June field trip, EEG has formed the following conclusions: (1) it has not been clearly established that the site or the surrounding area has been attacked by deep dissolution to render it unsuitable for the nuclear waste pilot repository; (2) the existence of an isolated breccia pipe at the site unaccompanied by a deep dissolution wedge, is a very remote possibility; (3) more specific information about the origin and the nature of the brine reservoirs is needed. An important question that should be resolved is whether each encounter with artesian brine represents a separate pocket or whether these occurrencesmore » are interconnected; (4) Anderson has postulated a major tectonic fault or a fracture system at the Basin margin along the San Simon Swale; (5) the area in the northern part of the WIPP site, identified from geophysical and bore hole data as the disturbed zone, should be further investigated to cleary understand the nature and significance of this structural anomaly; and (6) a major drawback encountered during the discussions of geological issues related to the WIPP site is the absence of published material that brings together all the known information related to a particular issue.« less

Authors:
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
New Mexico Environmental Improvement Agency, Santa Fe (USA)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
6873031
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 6873031
Report Number(s):
DOE/AL/10752--7
TRN: 81-000810
DOE Contract Number:  
AC04-78AL10752
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
12 MANAGEMENT OF RADIOACTIVE AND NON-RADIOACTIVE WASTES FROM NUCLEAR FACILITIES; 58 GEOSCIENCES; RADIOACTIVE WASTE DISPOSAL; RISK ASSESSMENT; UNDERGROUND DISPOSAL; RADIOACTIVE WASTE FACILITIES; BRINES; DISSOLUTION; FRACTURES; GEOLOGIC FAULTS; GEOLOGY; HEALTH HAZARDS; HUMAN POPULATIONS; NEW MEXICO; ORIGIN; PILOT PLANTS; RESERVOIR ROCK; SALT DEPOSITS; TECTONICS; FAILURES; FUNCTIONAL MODELS; GEOLOGIC DEPOSITS; GEOLOGIC STRUCTURES; HAZARDS; MANAGEMENT; NORTH AMERICA; NUCLEAR FACILITIES; POPULATIONS; SOUTHWEST REGION; USA; WASTE DISPOSAL; WASTE MANAGEMENT 052002* -- Nuclear Fuels-- Waste Disposal & Storage; 580300 -- Mineralogy, Petrology, & Rock Mechanics-- (-1989); 580100 -- Geology & Hydrology-- (-1989)

Citation Formats

Chaturvedi, L. WIPP site and vicinity geological field trip. A report of a field trip to the proposed Waste Isolation Pilot Plant project in Southeastern New Mexico, June 16 to 18, 1980. United States: N. p., 1980. Web. doi:10.2172/6873031.
Chaturvedi, L. WIPP site and vicinity geological field trip. A report of a field trip to the proposed Waste Isolation Pilot Plant project in Southeastern New Mexico, June 16 to 18, 1980. United States. doi:10.2172/6873031.
Chaturvedi, L. Wed . "WIPP site and vicinity geological field trip. A report of a field trip to the proposed Waste Isolation Pilot Plant project in Southeastern New Mexico, June 16 to 18, 1980". United States. doi:10.2172/6873031. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/6873031.
@article{osti_6873031,
title = {WIPP site and vicinity geological field trip. A report of a field trip to the proposed Waste Isolation Pilot Plant project in Southeastern New Mexico, June 16 to 18, 1980},
author = {Chaturvedi, L},
abstractNote = {The Environmental Evaluation Group is conducting an assessment of the radiological health risks to people from the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. As a part of this work, EEG is making an effort to improve the understanding of those geological issues concerning the WIPP site which may affect the radiological consequences of the proposed repository. One of the important geological issues to be resolved is the timing and the nature of the dissolution processes which may have affected the WIPP site. EEG organized a two-day conference of geological scientists, on January 17-18, 1980. On the basis of the January conference and the June field trip, EEG has formed the following conclusions: (1) it has not been clearly established that the site or the surrounding area has been attacked by deep dissolution to render it unsuitable for the nuclear waste pilot repository; (2) the existence of an isolated breccia pipe at the site unaccompanied by a deep dissolution wedge, is a very remote possibility; (3) more specific information about the origin and the nature of the brine reservoirs is needed. An important question that should be resolved is whether each encounter with artesian brine represents a separate pocket or whether these occurrences are interconnected; (4) Anderson has postulated a major tectonic fault or a fracture system at the Basin margin along the San Simon Swale; (5) the area in the northern part of the WIPP site, identified from geophysical and bore hole data as the disturbed zone, should be further investigated to cleary understand the nature and significance of this structural anomaly; and (6) a major drawback encountered during the discussions of geological issues related to the WIPP site is the absence of published material that brings together all the known information related to a particular issue.},
doi = {10.2172/6873031},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {1980},
month = {10}
}