Nuclear Waste Disposal

Nuclear Waste Disposal

Can We Rely on Bedrock?

1st Edition - January 1, 1982

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  • Authors: Ulf Lindblom, Paul Gnirk
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483138312

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Nuclear Waste Disposal: Can We Rely on Bedrock? focuses on a proposed solution to disposing nuclear waste, which is to deposit canisters of nuclear waste in tunnels and rooms in deep rock formations at depths of about 500 – 1100 m (1600 – 3600 ft.). This underground facility in a large body of rock is known as a repository. This book explains that the tunnels and rooms are excavated by mining techniques and the waste canisters placed in vertical drill holes in the floor. This text also discusses the concept known as mined geological disposal of nuclear wastes. Other topics covered include the form and final disposal of nuclear wastes; nature of rock and groundwater; and disturbed rock and groundwater. This book also explains the long-term behavior of the rock and the groundwater; nuclear waste leakage into the groundwater; and possible positive and negative effects of mined geological disposal. This text is essential for students of environmental science, especially those conducting research on nuclear energy.

Table of Contents

  • The Form and Final Disposal of Nuclear Wastes

    The Problem

    The Waste Form

    The Time Perspective

    Mined Geological Disposal of Nuclear Waste

    Alternative Methods of Nuclear Waste Disposal

    The Natural Rock and Groundwater

    The Structure of Hard Rock

    The Structure of Salt Formations

    The Formation of Groundwater

    The Quantity and Velocity of Groundwater Flow

    Groundwater Flow Near the Repository

    Groundwater Flow through the Disposal Rooms and to the Surface

    The Disturbed Rock and the Groundwater

    Factors that Influence Groundwater Flow

    Influence of Repository Construction on Groundwater Flow

    Disturbance of the Natural Temperatures in the Rock

    Disturbance of the Structure of the Rock

    Disturbance of Groundwater Flow in the Rock

    Disturbance of Groundwater Flow in the Rock Around a Salt Formation

    Long-Term Behavior of the Rock and the Groundwater

    The Long-Term Stability of the Rock Structure

    The Long-Term Behavior of the Groundwater Flow

    Nuclear Waste Leakage into the Groundwater

    Movement of Radionuclides

    Disruption of the Repository by Faulting

    Disruption of the Repository by Other Natural Events and Human Intrusion

    What Does it All Mean?

    Can We Rely on Bedrock?

Product details

  • No. of pages: 68
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1982
  • Published: January 1, 1982
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483138312

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Ulf Lindblom

Paul Gnirk

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