Groundwater Impacts of Foreseeable Human Activities on a HLW Repository

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by Neil M. Coleman, U. S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1993

Abstract: The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff has begun a program of Systematic Regulatory Analysis (SRA) to help ensure that all important technical issues related to the disposal of civilian, high-level nuclear wastes will be identified prior to the receipt of a license application. Large-scale groundwater withdrawals near a repository could have significant impacts on the groundwater flow system. Future large-scale withdrawals of groundwater could occur to support irrigation or to export water supplies to growing population centers, such as Las Vegas. Various scenarios of groundwater withdrawals, along with other scenarios of future human activity, will need to be tested before evaluation of the Yucca Mountain site is complete.

Subject Headings: Human factors | Radioactive wastes | Groundwater flow | Groundwater | Groundwater pollution | Waste disposal | Federal government | Licensure and certification | Nevada | Las Vegas | North America | United States

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