Plans for Characterization of the Potential Geologic Repository Site at Yucca Mountain, Nevada

by David C. Dobson, U.S. Dep of Energy, United States,
Maxwell B. Blanchard, U.S. Dep of Energy, United States,
Michael D. Voegele, U.S. Dep of Energy, United States,
Jean L. Younker, U.S. Dep of Energy, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1990


Site investigations in the vicinity of the potential repository site at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, have occurred for many years. This is due to the proximity of the potential repository site to the Nevada Test Site and to general scientific interest in the Basin and Range geologic province in which the Yucca Mountain site resides. Although information from previous site investigations was adequate to support preliminary evaluations by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in the Environmental Assessment and to develop conceptual repository and waste package designs, this information is insufficient to proceed to the advanced designs and performance assessments required for the license application to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). Therefore, intensive site characterization is planned, as described in the December 1988 Site Characterization Plan (SCP). The data acquisition activities described in the SCP are focused on obtaining information to allow evaluations of the natural and engineered barriers considered potentially relevant to repository performance.

Subject Headings: Geology | Radioactive wastes | Sustainable development | Federal government | Waste storage | Basins | Environmental issues | Waste management | Nevada | United States

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