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2/17/2011 1 Radioactive Waste, Lying, Cheating, and Loss of Public Confidence Martinsville: Illinois’ “Attempt” to Site a Low-level Radioactive Waste Disposal Facility Richard C. Berg Illinois State Geological Survey
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2/17/2011 2 Dick Berg is Dick Berg Definitely a true story. Produced by Illinois Department of Nuclear Safety Directed by Commonwealth Edison and Co-starring Battelle Memorial Institute, Shannon and Wilson, Peter Shanahan, ChemNuclear, the three judges, their personal valets and consultants, and a cast of others. Presented in high definition with an original soundtrack by Brittany Spears, Lindsay Lowan, and the cast of American Idol from the past 5 years. Filmed on location in Martinsville, Clark County Illinois and debated in many venues in the State. Cast of Characters Illinois Dept. of Nuclear Safety By law had overall responsibility for siting ChemNuclear – Site operator and licensee Battelle Memorial Institute – General contractor Geologic characterization Peter Shanahan, Boston – Groundwater consultant SAIC - Characterization assistance Illinois State Geological Survey – By law geologic review - $625,958 Illinois State Water Survey – By law groundwater review Significance of Effort Good examples of: Geologists and hydrogeologists working together utilizing geology as the foundation for further interpretations. $85M wasted characterizing a site that should NOT have been characterized in the first place. What happens when there is a loss of public confidence. Non geologists being responsible for judging the complexities of 3D glacial geology. Public opposition rising to the occasion. Good geology and geologic interpretations not necessarily meaning that the lay public will believe what is presented.
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2/17/2011 3 Hierarchical Siting Methodology Regional directive screening. Area screening. Site characterization. Benefits: 1. Improves predictability (aquifer distribution and flow systems). 2. Improves confidence of site characterization findings. 3. Saves money in long term.
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2/17/2011 4 Summary – Hierarchical Approach is Stepwise in Logic Immediate dismissal of regions judged unsuitable. Dismissal of areas/sites judged potentially suitable on a regional scale, but then found unsuitable at a more detailed scale. Final site selection is based on “best available information” at various scales. Regional/area “fatal flaws” are minimized (e.g., aquifers). Opposition is minimized because there are less potentially unfavorable site characteristics. Note reference to “Dump” - difficulty redefining to “disposal facility”.
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2/17/2011 5 Dualistic Approach to Siting Geologic/hydrologic aspects of siting AND engineering principles of site selection and design are optimized. If engineered containment structure fails, resulting in
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