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Geohydrologic considerations in the management of radioactive waste

September 1, 1974

Nongaseous radioactive wastes occur as liquids containing high-level concentrations of radionuclides, liquids containing low concentrations of radionuclides, and solids contaminated by radioactivity. Whether released by accident or design into the earth or onto the earth’s surface, only water is capable of transporting significant quantities of radionuclides away from burial sites. Geohydrologic information that must be determined to predict the velocity and direction of waste movement from a site include climate, hydrology, detailed subsurface geology, permeability, porosity, sorptive potential, seismic potential, and geologic history of the area. Since the late 1960’s mathematical models have been used to make predictions of waste transport in some hydrologic systems. Intensive field investigations at each site are needed before these models can be used.

Publication Year 1974
Title Geohydrologic considerations in the management of radioactive waste
DOI 10.13182/NT74-A31498
Authors George D. DeBuchananne
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Nuclear Technology
Index ID 70246982
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse