Flood Assessment at a Low-Level Radioactive Waste Site in Southern Nevada

by J. S. Schmeltzer, Raytheon Services Nevada, Las Vegas, United States,
J. J. Miller, Raytheon Services Nevada, Las Vegas, United States,
D. L. Gustafson, Raytheon Services Nevada, Las Vegas, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering Hydrology


Flood hazard analysis on alluvial fans using Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) methodology is not limited to the FEMA Alluvial Fan Methodology (AFM). Other FEMA-accepted methods may be more appropriate. A flood assessment using a multiple-method approach was performed to determine the 100-year flood hazard at and near the Radioactive Waste Management Site (RWMS) in Area 5 of the Nevada Test Site. Flood hazard delineations using a combination of methods provide a more complete assessment than using only the FEMA AFM. Understanding the limitations and assumptions of these methods is important to determine which method is applicable and when a method can provide reasonable results.

Subject Headings: Waste sites | Floods | Radioactive wastes | Site investigation | Light rail transit | Alluvial channels | Occupational safety | Management methods | Nevada | United States

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