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Deep Borehole Disposal of Nuclear Waste: Final Report « Energy Security « Downloads

Date postedFebruary 11, 2013
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CategoriesEnergy Security, Manual, Transportation Energy, Nuclear Energy, Energy Efficiency, Sensing and Monitoring, Modeling and Analysis, Biomass, Defense Waste Management, Advanced Nuclear Energy, Nuclear Energy Safety, Bureau of Land Management


Research and development activities carried out at Sandia National Laboratories from 2009-2012
have built the technical baseline for performance of a deep borehole for disposal of nuclear
waste. Early work established the coupled thermo-hydrological-mechanical-chemical forces
likely to control radionuclide movement from a deep borehole. This report emphasizes more
recent borehole science and engineering activities including: 1. Establishing a reference borehole
design; 2. Developing the design for borehole seals; and 3. Identifying the nature and extent of
site characterization needed for deep borehole siting.

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