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Hydrology of the solid waste burial ground as related to potential migration of radionuclides, Idaho National Engineering Laboratory

Open-File Report 76-471

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Abstract

A study was made (1970-1974) to evaluate the geohydrologic and geochemical controls on subsurface migration of radionuclides from pits and trenches in the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory (INEL) solid waste burial ground and to determine the existence and extent of radionuclide migration from the burial ground. A total of about 1,700 sediment, rock, and water samples were collected from 10 observation wells drilled in and near the burial ground of Idaho National Engineering Laboratory, formerly the National Reactor Testing Station (NRTS). Within the burial ground area, the subsurface rocks are composed principally of basalt. Wind- and water-deposited sediments occur at the surface and in beds between the thicker basalt zones. Two principal sediment beds occur at about 110 feet and 240 feet below the land surface. The average thickness of the surficial sedimentary layer is about 15 feet while that of the two principal subsurface layers is 13 and 14 feet, respectively. The water table in the aquifer beneath the burial ground is at a depth of about 580 feet. Fission, activation, and transuranic elements were detected in some of the samples from the 110- and 240-foot sedimentary layers. (Woodard-USGS)

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Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Hydrology of the solid waste burial ground as related to potential migration of radionuclides, Idaho National Engineering Laboratory
Series title:
Open-File Report
Series number:
76-471
Edition:
-
Year Published:
1976
Language:
ENGLISH
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey ; NTIS,
Description:
ix, 183, [2] p. :ill. ;28 cm.; (199 p. - PGS)