By Committee on the Waste Isolation Pilot P, Board on Radioactive Waste Management, National Research Council

Ultimate record of the committee at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant for the disposal and repository of radioactive transuranic waste. studies the result of a research performed through the committee to enhance figuring out of long term functionality of the repository and establish technical suggestions for its greater potency. Softcover.

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Institutional controls imply the identification of the controlled area through signs or markers; also, records are kept on the repository and land use. 5 Passive About this PDF file: This new digital representation of the original work has been recomposed from XML files created from the original paper book, not from the original typesetting files. Page breaks are true to the original; line lengths, word breaks, heading styles, and other typesetting-specific formatting, however, cannot be retained, and some typographic errors may have been accidentally inserted.

The rationale for this expected action of MgO relies on the following assumptions: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. There would be significant inflow of brine into the repository's rooms. Microbes would be present and react with organic waste material to form CO2. CO2 would dissolve and acidify the brine by forming carbonic acid. MgO would react with water in the brine to precipitate brucite [Mg(OH)2]. Brucite would remove carbonic acid from the solution to form magnesite (MgCO3) via intermediate products such as hydromagnesite [4MgCO3•Mg(OH)2•4H2O].

INTRODUCTION 18 The committee recognizes that computing the performance of an underground repository over many millennia into the future cannot be done today with the accuracy with which, for example, the performance of an airplane wing can be simulated. Nevertheless, the results of this performance assessment are considered adequate by experts and regulators to support the decision to move waste from its surface storage to the WIPP (EPA, 1998). 13 requires that “disposal systems for . . transuranic radioactive wastes shall be designed to provide a reasonable expectation, based on performance assessments, that the cumulative releases of radionuclides to the accessible environment for 10,000 years after disposal from all significant processes and events that may affect the disposal system shall: 1.

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