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Example Notes The Proposed Nuclear Waste Repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada J. Doe I. Introduction A. long term (10,000 year) storage of nuclear waste is needed for the U.S. 90% from nuclear power plants 10% weapons grade plutonium B. Other options considered for disposal (subseafloor, polar, space) C. Other locations considered for storage site II. Yucca Mountain as a possible waste repository A. Location 1. Near Nevada Test Site, so already contamination in region 2. Low population B. Geology 1. There are thick volcanic deposits that are expected to have low permeability, but fractures might provide pathways for water movement 2. Fault zone underneath the repository caused location to be changed. Some concern about affects of earthquakes on repository C. Plans for repository 1. Depth of storage 500 feet below ground
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Unformatted text preview: 2. Waste in interconnecting tunnels 3. Waste would be packed in corrosion resistant shells with titanium drip shields D. Groundwater 1. Little recharge (<1 cm/year) 2. Water table is extremely deep (1000 feet) 3. ,There is some evidence from tritium that water has reached the water table in <50 years – probably through fractures. 4. If climate changes in next 10,000 years, recharge could change. III. Conclusions and Future Outlook A. Positive aspects of Yucca Mountain as a repository B. Negative aspects of Yucca Mountain as a repository C. Future outlook and timeline Link for more information: Department of Energy Environmental Impact statement summary http://www.ocrwm.doe.gov/feis_2/summary...
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This note was uploaded on 10/19/2011 for the course GLY 3882 taught by Professor Screaton during the Spring '09 term at University of Florida.

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