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Characterization of seepage in the exploratory studies facility, Yucca Mountain, Nevada

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Abstract

Following a 5-month period of above-average precipitation during the winter of 2004-2005, water was observed seeping into the South Ramp section of the Exploratory Studies Facility of the proposed repository for high-level radioactive waste at Yucca Mountain, Nevada. Samples of the seepage were collected and analyzed for major ions, trace metals, and delta deuterium and delta oxygen-18 values in an effort to characterize the water and assess the interaction of seepage with anthropogenic materials used in the construction of the proposed repository. As demonstrated by the changes in the chemistry of water dripping from a rock bolt, interaction of seepage with construction materials can alter solution chemistry and oxidation state.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Conference Paper
Publication Subtype:
Conference Paper
Title:
Characterization of seepage in the exploratory studies facility, Yucca Mountain, Nevada
ISBN:
0894486918; 9780894486913
Volume
2006
Year Published:
2006
Language:
English
Larger Work Title:
Proceedings of the 11th International High Level Radioactive Waste Management Conference, IHLRWM
First page:
286
Last page:
292
Number of Pages:
7
Conference Title:
11th International High Level Radioactive Waste Management Conference
Conference Location:
Las Vegas, NV
Conference Date:
30 April 2006 through 4 May 2006