Research at Howard University on Retardation of Radionuclides by Sorption Processes During Host Rock?Ground Water Interactions

by M. Gopala Rao, Howard Univ, Washington, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1993


Extensive sorption measurements were made over a period of several years, of major radionuclides in J-13 Well water with Yucca Mountain tuff samples. Most of these measurements were single solute (radionuclide) sorption investigations, though the J-13 Well water containd small amounts of several cations. The measurements were made in batch mode. It was found that the rate of sorption of cobalt on the Bandelier tuff was extremely slow relative to the sorption rates of strontium and cesium ions. It is suggested that nuclear waste could be recycled into fuel for advanced reactors, whose waste can again be recycled into fuel for conventional reactors.

Subject Headings: Sorption | Radioactive wastes | Waste storage | Waste disposal | Radioactive materials | Mine wastes | Wells (water)

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