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The waste isolation pilot plant: a unique waste management strategy for the U.S. Department of Energy
Author(s): John R. Elliott; William W. Weston; Harold J. Davis
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Paper Abstract

For all but the lowest levels of radioactive wastes, a satisfactory permanent disposal scheme is not currently available. The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) is a model research and development program to demonstrate safe and effective means of removing transuranic nuclear wastes from the biosphere. This paper gives the historical development of the WIPP project, the classes of waste to be included in the project, the geologic basis of the repository, and methods used for characterizing the waste. Emphasis is given on how characterization methods are used to demonstrate compliance with regulatory criteria for handling various classes of waste.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 March 1994
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 2102, Coupling Technology to National Need, (7 March 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.170607
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John R. Elliott, Westinghouse Electric Co. (United States)
William W. Weston, Westinghouse Electric Co. (United States)
Harold J. Davis, U.S. Dept. of Energy (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2102:
Coupling Technology to National Need
Arthur H. Guenther; Louis D. Higgs, Editor(s)

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