The Long-Term Climate Change Assessment Task of the Protective Barrier Development Program for Low-Level Waste Site Remediation at the Hanford Site

by K. L. Petersen, Westinghouse Hanford Co, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1990


A study plan is being developed to guide a multiyear program to assess long-term climate change and optimize the design of protective barriers. A protective barrier alternative is being considered for the disposal of some low-level radioactive defense waste stored near the surface at the Hanford Site, Washington. These barriers are being designed to limit movement of radionuclides and other contaminants to the accessible environment for at least 1,000 years and possibly as long as 10,000 years. A stepwise approach to climatic data acquisition will be relied on in obtaining needed information for concurrent barrier tasks, and in developing a local climate forecast model.

Subject Headings: Waste sites | Site investigation | Climate change | Mitigation and remediation | Waste management | Radioactive wastes | Waste disposal | Pollutants | Washington | United States

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