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Title: Supplemental Performance Analyses for the Potential High-Level Nuclear Waste Repository at Yucca Mountain

Abstract

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is considering the possible recommendation of a site at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, for the potential development of a geologic repository for the disposal of high-level radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel. To facilitate public review and comment, in May 2001 the DOE released the Yucca Mountain Science and Engineering Report (S&ER) (1), which presents technical information supporting the consideration of the possible site recommendation. The report summarizes the results of more than 20 years of scientific and engineering studies. Based on internal reviews of the S&ER and its key supporting references, the Total System Performance Assessment for the Site Recommendation (TSPA-SR) (2) and the Analysis Model Reports and Process Model Reports cited therein, the DOE has recently identified and performed several types of analyses to supplement the treatment of uncertainty in support of the consideration of a possible site recommendation. The results of these new analyses are summarized in the two-volume report entitled FY01 Supplemental Science and Performance Analysis (SSPA) (3,4). The information in this report is intended to supplement, not supplant, the information contained in the S&ER. The DOE recognizes that important uncertainties will always remain in any assessment of the performance ofmore » a potential repository over thousands of years (1). One part of the DOE approach to recognizing and managing these uncertainties is a commitment to continued testing and analysis and to the continued evaluation of the technical basis supporting the possible recommendation of the site, such as the analysis contained in the SSPA. The goals of the work described here are to provide insights into the implications of newly quantified uncertainties, updated science, and evaluations of lower operating temperatures on the performance of a potential Yucca Mountain repository and to increase confidence in the results of the TSPA described in the S&ER (1). The primary tool used to evaluate the implications of the three types of supplemental information described in the SSPA (3,4) is the Yucca Mountain integrated TSPA model.« less

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Research Org.:
Duke Engineering & Services, Inc. 1180 Town Center Drive, Las Vegas, NV (US); Coppersmith Consulting, Inc. 2121 N. California Blvd., No.290, Walnut Creek, CA; Geomatrix Consultants, Inc. 2101 Webster Street, 12th floor, Oakland, CA; Bechtel-SAIC Company, LLC. 1180 Town Center Drive, Las Vegas, NV; Sandia National Laboratories P.O. Box 5800, Albuquerque, NM (US)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management (RW) (US)
OSTI Identifier:
829685
DOE Contract Number:  
AC08-01RW12101
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: Waste Management 2002 Symposium, Tucson, AZ (US), 02/24/2002--02/28/2002; Other Information: PBD: 26 Feb 2002
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; EVALUATION; HIGH-LEVEL RADIOACTIVE WASTES; NUCLEAR FUELS; PERFORMANCE; RADIOACTIVE WASTES; RECOMMENDATIONS; TESTING; WASTE MANAGEMENT; YUCCA MOUNTAIN

Citation Formats

Sevougian, S. D., McNeish, J. A., Coppersmith, K., Jenni, K. E., Rickertsen, L. D., Swift, P. N., and Wilson, M. L. Supplemental Performance Analyses for the Potential High-Level Nuclear Waste Repository at Yucca Mountain. United States: N. p., 2002. Web.
Sevougian, S. D., McNeish, J. A., Coppersmith, K., Jenni, K. E., Rickertsen, L. D., Swift, P. N., & Wilson, M. L. Supplemental Performance Analyses for the Potential High-Level Nuclear Waste Repository at Yucca Mountain. United States.
Sevougian, S. D., McNeish, J. A., Coppersmith, K., Jenni, K. E., Rickertsen, L. D., Swift, P. N., and Wilson, M. L. Tue . "Supplemental Performance Analyses for the Potential High-Level Nuclear Waste Repository at Yucca Mountain". United States. doi:. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/829685.
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title = {Supplemental Performance Analyses for the Potential High-Level Nuclear Waste Repository at Yucca Mountain},
author = {Sevougian, S. D. and McNeish, J. A. and Coppersmith, K. and Jenni, K. E. and Rickertsen, L. D. and Swift, P. N. and Wilson, M. L.},
abstractNote = {The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is considering the possible recommendation of a site at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, for the potential development of a geologic repository for the disposal of high-level radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel. To facilitate public review and comment, in May 2001 the DOE released the Yucca Mountain Science and Engineering Report (S&ER) (1), which presents technical information supporting the consideration of the possible site recommendation. The report summarizes the results of more than 20 years of scientific and engineering studies. Based on internal reviews of the S&ER and its key supporting references, the Total System Performance Assessment for the Site Recommendation (TSPA-SR) (2) and the Analysis Model Reports and Process Model Reports cited therein, the DOE has recently identified and performed several types of analyses to supplement the treatment of uncertainty in support of the consideration of a possible site recommendation. The results of these new analyses are summarized in the two-volume report entitled FY01 Supplemental Science and Performance Analysis (SSPA) (3,4). The information in this report is intended to supplement, not supplant, the information contained in the S&ER. The DOE recognizes that important uncertainties will always remain in any assessment of the performance of a potential repository over thousands of years (1). One part of the DOE approach to recognizing and managing these uncertainties is a commitment to continued testing and analysis and to the continued evaluation of the technical basis supporting the possible recommendation of the site, such as the analysis contained in the SSPA. The goals of the work described here are to provide insights into the implications of newly quantified uncertainties, updated science, and evaluations of lower operating temperatures on the performance of a potential Yucca Mountain repository and to increase confidence in the results of the TSPA described in the S&ER (1). The primary tool used to evaluate the implications of the three types of supplemental information described in the SSPA (3,4) is the Yucca Mountain integrated TSPA model.},
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year = {Tue Feb 26 00:00:00 EST 2002},
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