The Nagra-DOE Cooperative Project

by Jane C. S. Long, Lawrence Berkeley Lab, Berkeley, United States,
Robert A. Levich, Lawrence Berkeley Lab, Berkeley, United States,
Piet Zuidema, Lawrence Berkeley Lab, Berkeley, United States,

Abstract: Tne Nagra-DOE Cooperative (NDC-I) research program was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) through the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory (LBL), and the Swiss Nationale Genossenschaft fuer die Lagerung radioaktiver Abfaelle (Nagra). Scientists participating in this project explored the geological, geophysical, hydrological, geochemical, and structural effects anticipated from the use of a rock mass as a geologic repository for nuclear waste. The principal investigators for LBL were Jane C.S. Long, Ernest L. Majer, Karsten Pruess, Kenzi Karasaki, Chalon Carnahan and Chin-Fu Tsang for LBL and Piet Zuidema, Peter Blumling, Peter Hufschmied and Stratis Vomvoris for Nagra. Six joint tasks were defined and are described briefly below. Tasks 1, 2, 3 and 5 were concerned with the characterization of fractured rock. Task 5 in particular was focused on investigations at the Grimsel Underground Laboratory in the Swiss Alps (Figure 1). Tasks 2 and 6 focused on the phenomenology associated with storing radioactive waste underground. A series of sixteen technical reports document the results of the three year NDC-I project which concluded in 1990. The reports in this series are given in the reference list below. The accomplishments of the six tasks are summarized below.

Subject Headings: Waste storage | Radioactive wastes | Geology | Team building | Waste disposal | Hydrology | Rock masses | Water storage

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