Mission Analysis of the Exploratory Studies Facility

by M. A. Duffy, Battelle Memorial Inst, Columbus, United States,
R. Mele, Battelle Memorial Inst, Columbus, United States,
T. A. Mozhi, Battelle Memorial Inst, Columbus, United States,
W. A. Lemeshewsky, Battelle Memorial Inst, Columbus, United States,
T. Truong, Battelle Memorial Inst, Columbus, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1993

Abstract: The mission of the Exploratory Studies Facility (ESF), as interpreted from the Nuclear Waste Policy Act, can be stated succinctly as, ...to conduct subsurface exploration and testing, in support of site suitability determination and license application, in a manner that protects the environment and nuclear waste isolation capabilities of the site. The objective of the ESF mission analysis effort was to expand this general mission statement to the explicit program needs that must be fulfilled by an ESF during the site characterization program. The scope of the ESF mission analysis was limited to the specification of test requirements that must be satisfied by an ESF in support of site characterization and, if the site is determined to be suitable, license application for construction of a geologic repository. The time period covers from initiation of ESF testing through either Presidential recommendation as a geologic repository or Secretarial determination of unsuitability as geologic repositor, whichever comes first. The analysis stems from the requirements contained in the Physical System Requirements (PSR) - Dispose of Waste document and draws upon the extensive technical knowledge behind preparation of the Site Characterization Program Baseline (SCPB).

Subject Headings: Site investigation | Waste sites | Radioactive wastes | Construction sites | Geology | Licensure and certification | Waste disposal | Subsurface investigation

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