Design and Operating Criteria of the French Deep Repository for High Level Radioactive Waste

by J. M. Hoorelbeke, Andra, Fontenay-Aux-Roses, France,
J. M. Potier, Andra, Fontenay-Aux-Roses, France,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1991


The design and operating criteria of the French geologic repository for high level radioactive waste (HLW) were selected for their contribution to operational and long-term safety, as well as for their technical feasibility and cost effectiveness. Experience from operations of nuclear facilities and underground mines served as the basis for the development of the criteria, which were, however, adapted to the special requirements of radioactive materials handling in an underground environment. Disposal concepts were developed for four potential geologic host formations in France, and for both transuranic (Type B) and high level (Type C) waste.

Subject Headings: Radioactive wastes | Underground structures | Waste disposal | Rock mechanics | Field tests | Underground storage | Safety | Feasibility studies | France | Europe

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