Regulatory Views on Seismic and Fault-Displacement Parameters Needed for a Geologic Repository Design

by Robert M. Bernero, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Dynamic Analysis and Design Considerations for High-Level Nuclear Waste Repositories


This paper presents the regulatory views of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff on some of the significant issues related to the seismic and faulting design of a geologic repository. The issues addressed include: (1) misconceptions related to the use of Appendix A to 10 CFR Part 100; (2) deterministic versus probabilistic assessment considerations; (3) consideration of fault displacements in the design of a geologic repository; and (4) internal consistency of regulations for seismic and faulting design of nuclear facilities.

Subject Headings: Seismic design | Seismic tests | Geological faults | Parameters (statistics) | Building design | Underground storage | Ground motion | Federal government

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