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Evaluating the Long-Term Safety of a Repository at Yucca Mountain 

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Titel Evaluating the Long-Term Safety of a Repository at Yucca Mountain 
Autor Abe Van Luik
Herausgeber Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab)
Erscheinungsjahr 2009
Sprache Englisch

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Fachgebiet Physik
Abstract Regulations require that the repository be evaluated for its health and safety effects for 10,000 years for the Site Recommendation process. Regulations also require potential impacts to be evaluated for up to a million years in an Environmental Impact Statement. The Yucca Mountain Project is in the midst of the Site Recommendation process. The Total System Performance Assessment (TSPA) that supports the Site Recommendation evaluated safety for these required periods of time. Results showed it likely that a repository at this site could meet the licensing requirements promulgated by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The TSPA is the tool that integrates the results of many years of scientific investigations with design information to allow evaluations of potential far-future impacts of building a Yucca Mountain repository. Knowledge created in several branches of physics is part of the scientific basis of the TSPA that supports the Site Recommendation process.

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