Prototype Testing for the Yucca Mountain Projectby H. N. Kalia, Los Alamos Natl Lab, United States,
R. D. Oliver, Los Alamos Natl Lab, United States,
W. A. Girdley, Los Alamos Natl Lab, United States,
Abstract: The U.S. Department of Energy, through its Yucca Mountain Project Office (YMPO), has been conducting prototype activities in welded and non-welded tuff. These activities are in preparation for characterization of the Yucca Mountain area, which is under consideration as a site for a geologic repository in which high-level nuclear waste could be safely stored. Investigators from organizations that will conduct the site investigation have been afforded opportunity, through the prototype program, to test, evaluate, and develop instruments, equipment, and methods. The Exploratory Shaft Facility (ESF) will be used to collect significant amounts of underground site characterization data. The prototype tests are conducted under similar conditions.
Subject Headings: Radioactive wastes | Field tests | Site investigation | Geology | Shafts | Waste storage | Welding
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