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

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.
Authors:
 [1]
  1. (Hamburg, NY)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
867020
Report Number(s):
US 4842774
DOE Contract Number:
AC07-81NE44139
Resource Type:
Patent
Research Org:
WEST VALLEY NUCLEAR SERVICES
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
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