Containing the Cold War's Hot Waste

by Ernest E. Carter, P.E., Pres.; Carter Tech. Co., Houston, TX,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1998, Vol. 68, Issue 11, Pg. 38-41

Document Type: Feature article


A new method for the construction, verification, and maintenance of underground vaults isolates and contains radioactive burial sites without excavation or drilling in contaminated areas. Two types of in situ containment methods�encapsulating radioactive waste in a single block of durable material or entombing it in a dry vault�are discussed. Both processes rely on patented grouting technology that potentially could increase the design life of landfills to 1,000 years.

Subject Headings: Radioactive wastes | Underground construction | Material durability | Construction wastes | Construction sites | Construction methods | Waste sites

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