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Main Title State of geological knowledge regarding potential transport of high-level radioactive waste from deep continental repositories /
Author Giletti, Bruno ; Siever, Raymond ; Handin, John ; Lyons, John ; Pinder, George
CORP Author Little (Arthur D.), Inc., Cambridge, MA. ;Ad Hoc Panel of Earth Scientists.;Office of Radiation Programs, Washington, DC.
Publisher U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Radiation Programs,
Year Published 1978
Report Number EPA520/4-78/004; EPA-68-01-4470; PB289947
Stock Number PB-289 947
OCLC Number 09936890
Subjects Radioactive waste disposal in the ground--Environmental aspects
Additional Subjects Geologic processes ; Geological surveys ; Leakage ; Radioactive waste disposal ; Underground disposal ; Salt deposits
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EJBD ARCHIVE EPA 520-4-78-004 Headquarters Library/Washington,DC 05/27/2014
EJBD  EPA 520-4-78-004 Headquarters Library/Washington,DC 11/03/2015
ERAD  EPA 520/4-78-004 Region 9 Library/San Francisco,CA 07/16/2012
NTIS  PB-289 947 Some EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. 07/26/2022
Collation ix, 53 p. ; 28 cm.
The report contains an evaluation of the state of knowledge in the earth sciences relevant to environmental aspects of the disposal of high-level radioactive wastes, by deep burial on the continents. A consideration must be given a time scale of hundreds of thousands to a few million years, but special attention must be given to the dangers of leakage over shorter terms up to a thousand years, when the levels of radioactivity are highest. A basic problem in storage of radioactive wastes stems from the addition of radioactive heat to the normal geothermal temperatures at depths on the order of 500 meters. Storage should be in an area that is subject neither to frequent, high-energy earth quakes nor to volcanic eruptions. A rock environment is required that is sealable and has a minimal permeability for fluids and radionuclides that might become dissolved in them. The most suitable rocks seem to be salt, shale, basalt, and certain granitic rocks, but some anhydrite and impereable tuffs should be considered.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 47-48).