Role of Underground Testing to Determine Suitability of Yucca Mountain as a Potential Repository Site

by Hemendra N. Kalia, Los Alamos Natl Lab, United States,

Abstract: A brief description of the Exploratory Shaft based site characterization testing program for the Department of Energy's (DOE) Yucca Mountain Project of the permanent disposal of high-level radioactive waste is described in this paper. Details of the testing program are presented in the DOE-issued Site Characterization Plan. Overview of the current planning process and status of various activities is described. The current Exploratory Shaft Facility (ESF) testing program is expected to change following the completion of the ESF Alternates Design Study. This study is in progress and should be completed in early 1991. This study will re-evaluate the mining method, ESF location, and any changes in the ESF testing program.

Subject Headings: Radioactive wastes | Shafts | Waste sites | Waste disposal | Building design | Mines and mining | Underground structures | Geology

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