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Title: Radionuclide and colloid transport in the Culebra Dolomite and associated complementary cumulative distribution functions in the 1996 performance assessment for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant

Abstract

The following topics related to radionuclide and colloid transport in the Culebra Dolomite in the 1996 performance assessment for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) are presented: (1) mathematical description of models, (2) uncertainty and sensitivity analysis results arising from subjective (i.e., epistemic) uncertainty for individual releases, and (3) construction of complementary cumulative distribution functions (CCDFs) arising from stochastic (i.e., aleatory) uncertainty. The presented results indicate that radionuclide and colloid transport in the Culebra Dolomite does not constitute a serious threat to the effectiveness of the WIPP as a disposal facility for transuranic waste. Even when the effects of uncertain analysis inputs are taken into account, no radionuclide transport to the boundary with the accessible environment was observed; thus the associated CCDFs for comparison with the boundary line specified in the US Environmental Protection Agency's standard for the geologic disposal of radioactive waste (40 CFR 191, 40 CFR 194) are degenerate in the sense of having a probability of zero of exceeding a release of zero.

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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (US); Sandia National Labs., Livermore, CA (US)
Sponsoring Org.:
US Department of Energy (US)
OSTI Identifier:
755491
Report Number(s):
SAND99-1888J
TRN: US0003611
DOE Contract Number:  
AC04-94AL85000
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Reliability Engineering and System Safety (Special Journal Issue)
Additional Journal Information:
Other Information: Submitted to Reliability Engineering and System Safety (Special Journal Issue); PBD: 22 May 2000
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
12 MANAGEMENT OF RADIOACTIVE WASTES, AND NON-RADIOACTIVE WASTES FROM NUCLEAR FACILITIES; 11 NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE AND FUEL MATERIALS; WIPP; PERFORMANCE; RADIONUCLIDE MIGRATION; COLLOIDS; ENVIRONMENTAL TRANSPORT; DOLOMITE; MATHEMATICAL MODELS; SENSITIVITY ANALYSIS; DATA COVARIANCES; DISTRIBUTION FUNCTIONS; PROBABILISTIC ESTIMATION; ALEATORY UNCERTAINTY; COMPLIANCE CERTIFICATION APPLICATION; CULEBRA DOLOMITE; EPISTEMIC UNCERTAINTY; LATIN HYPERCUBE SAMPLING; MONTE CARLO; PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT; RISK; RADIOACTIVE WASTE; RADIONUCLIDE TRANSPORT; STOCHASTIC UNCERTAINTY; SUBJECTIVE UNCERTAINTY; TRANSURANIC WASTE; WASTE ISOLATION PILOT PLANT; 40 CFR 191; 40 CFR 194

Citation Formats

RAMSEY, JAMES L., BLAINE,R., GARNER,J.W., HELTON,JON CRAIG, JOHNSON,J.D., SMITH,L.N., and WALLACE,M. Radionuclide and colloid transport in the Culebra Dolomite and associated complementary cumulative distribution functions in the 1996 performance assessment for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. United States: N. p., 2000. Web. doi:10.1016/S0951-8320(00)00040-5.
RAMSEY, JAMES L., BLAINE,R., GARNER,J.W., HELTON,JON CRAIG, JOHNSON,J.D., SMITH,L.N., & WALLACE,M. Radionuclide and colloid transport in the Culebra Dolomite and associated complementary cumulative distribution functions in the 1996 performance assessment for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. United States. doi:10.1016/S0951-8320(00)00040-5.
RAMSEY, JAMES L., BLAINE,R., GARNER,J.W., HELTON,JON CRAIG, JOHNSON,J.D., SMITH,L.N., and WALLACE,M. Mon . "Radionuclide and colloid transport in the Culebra Dolomite and associated complementary cumulative distribution functions in the 1996 performance assessment for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant". United States. doi:10.1016/S0951-8320(00)00040-5. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/755491.
@article{osti_755491,
title = {Radionuclide and colloid transport in the Culebra Dolomite and associated complementary cumulative distribution functions in the 1996 performance assessment for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant},
author = {RAMSEY, JAMES L. and BLAINE,R. and GARNER,J.W. and HELTON,JON CRAIG and JOHNSON,J.D. and SMITH,L.N. and WALLACE,M.},
abstractNote = {The following topics related to radionuclide and colloid transport in the Culebra Dolomite in the 1996 performance assessment for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) are presented: (1) mathematical description of models, (2) uncertainty and sensitivity analysis results arising from subjective (i.e., epistemic) uncertainty for individual releases, and (3) construction of complementary cumulative distribution functions (CCDFs) arising from stochastic (i.e., aleatory) uncertainty. The presented results indicate that radionuclide and colloid transport in the Culebra Dolomite does not constitute a serious threat to the effectiveness of the WIPP as a disposal facility for transuranic waste. Even when the effects of uncertain analysis inputs are taken into account, no radionuclide transport to the boundary with the accessible environment was observed; thus the associated CCDFs for comparison with the boundary line specified in the US Environmental Protection Agency's standard for the geologic disposal of radioactive waste (40 CFR 191, 40 CFR 194) are degenerate in the sense of having a probability of zero of exceeding a release of zero.},
doi = {10.1016/S0951-8320(00)00040-5},
journal = {Reliability Engineering and System Safety (Special Journal Issue)},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {2000},
month = {5}
}