Surface-Based Site Characterization Testing to Determine the Suitability of the Yucca Mountain Site for a Nuclear Waste Repository

by William T. Hughes, U.S. DOE Yucca Mountain Project, Office, United States,
Uel S. Clanton, U.S. DOE Yucca Mountain Project, Office, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1990


The Yucca Mountain Site in Nevada is currently being evaluated by the U.S. Department of Energy to determine its suitability for the first U.S. high-level radioactive waste repository. The purpose of the site characterization is to evaluate and document site suitability and assess compliance with regulations. A successful candidate site must be shown to meet regulatory performance criteria for suitable sites. Performance modeling relies on data gathered at the site from the surface and from the underground. The information needed from the site is better defined as modeling is refined.

Subject Headings: Waste sites | Radioactive wastes | Terrain models | Industrial wastes | Radioactive materials | Hazardous materials | Material tests | Materials characterization | Nevada | United States

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