Human Intrusion Scenarios in Nuclear Waste Repository Evaluations

by James K. Channell, Environmental Evaluation Group, Albuquerque, United States,
Lokesh Chaturvedi, Environmental Evaluation Group, Albuquerque, United States,
Robert H. Neill, Environmental Evaluation Group, Albuquerque, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1991

Abstract: When promulgated, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) High Level and Transuranic Waste Standard (40 CFR 191) is expected to require consideration of human intrusion into a nuclear waste repository as part of the post-closure containment requirements. Most preliminary evaluations conclude that this will be the most difficult portion of the standard to meet. Many believe it unreasonable to require consideration of human intrusion. Others object to portions of EPA Guidance on implementation of the requirement. The Environmental Evaluation Group (EEG) believes the human intrusion requirement is reasonable, achievable, and will lead to better siting of repositories and designs of waste forms and engineered barriers.

Subject Headings: Radioactive wastes | Human factors | Environmental Protection Agency | Waste containment | Environmental issues | Sustainable development

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