Test and Evaluation of Natural Barriers at Yucca Mountain, Nevada: Management of the Site Characterization Program

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by Maxwell B. Blanchard, U.S. Dept of Energy, Las Vegas, United States,
Susan B. Jones, U.S. Dept of Energy, Las Vegas, United States,
Michael D. Voegele, U.S. Dept of Energy, Las Vegas, United States,
Jean L. Younker, U.S. Dept of Energy, Las Vegas, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1991:

Abstract: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is responsible for managing a characterization program for the Yucca Mountain site to collect data needed to determine if the site is suitable for recommendation for development as a repository. If found to be suitable, the site will then begin the licensing process with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). Given the long time period over which this process occurs, it is essential that the data base for the site is systematically documented and updated. Likewise, the records for preliminary performance evaluations are an essential part of that documentation package. A cornerstone of DOE's management approach to site characterization is to ensure that all aspects of site characterization and evaluation are documented and available for scrutiny by oversight groups and the NRC, especially during the licensing process.

Subject Headings: Site investigation | Radioactive wastes | Federal government | Waste sites | Licensure and certification | Geology | Industrial wastes | Data collection | Nevada | North America | United States

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