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Title: Pyramiding tumuli waste disposal site and method of construction thereof

Abstract

An improved waste disposal site for the above-ground disposal of low-level nuclear waste as disclosed herein. The disposal site is formed from at least three individual waste-containing tumuli, wherein each tumuli includes a central raised portion bordered by a sloping side portion. Two of the tumuli are constructed at ground level with adjoining side portions, and a third above-ground tumulus is constructed over the mutually adjoining side portions of the ground-level tumuli. Both the floor and the roof of each tumulus includes a layer of water-shedding material such as compacted clay, and the clay layer in the roofs of the two ground-level tumuli form the compacted clay layer of the floor of the third above-ground tumulus. Each tumulus further includes a shield wall, preferably formed from a solid array of low-level handleable nuclear wate packages. The provision of such a shield wall protects workers from potentially harmful radiation when higher-level, non-handleable packages of nuclear waste are stacked in the center of the tumulus.

Inventors:
 [1]
  1. Hamburg, NY
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
WEST VALLEY NUCLEAR SERVICES
OSTI Identifier:
867020
Patent Number(s):
4842774
Assignee:
United States of America as represented by United States (Washington, DC)
DOE Contract Number:  
AC07-81NE44139
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
pyramiding; tumuli; waste; disposal; site; method; construction; improved; above-ground; low-level; nuclear; disclosed; formed; individual; waste-containing; central; raised; portion; bordered; sloping; constructed; ground; level; adjoining; portions; third; tumulus; mutually; ground-level; floor; roof; layer; water-shedding; material; compacted; clay; roofs; form; shield; wall; preferably; solid; array; handleable; wate; packages; provision; protects; workers; potentially; harmful; radiation; higher-level; non-handleable; stacked; center; ground level; preferably formed; waste disposal; nuclear waste; disposal site; level nuclear; /588/250/405/

Citation Formats

Golden, Martin P. Pyramiding tumuli waste disposal site and method of construction thereof. United States: N. p., 1989. Web.
Golden, Martin P. Pyramiding tumuli waste disposal site and method of construction thereof. United States.
Golden, Martin P. Sun . "Pyramiding tumuli waste disposal site and method of construction thereof". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/867020.
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abstractNote = {An improved waste disposal site for the above-ground disposal of low-level nuclear waste as disclosed herein. The disposal site is formed from at least three individual waste-containing tumuli, wherein each tumuli includes a central raised portion bordered by a sloping side portion. Two of the tumuli are constructed at ground level with adjoining side portions, and a third above-ground tumulus is constructed over the mutually adjoining side portions of the ground-level tumuli. Both the floor and the roof of each tumulus includes a layer of water-shedding material such as compacted clay, and the clay layer in the roofs of the two ground-level tumuli form the compacted clay layer of the floor of the third above-ground tumulus. Each tumulus further includes a shield wall, preferably formed from a solid array of low-level handleable nuclear wate packages. The provision of such a shield wall protects workers from potentially harmful radiation when higher-level, non-handleable packages of nuclear waste are stacked in the center of the tumulus.},
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place = {United States},
year = {1989},
month = {1}
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