Improving Operations and Long-Term Safety of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant: Final Report
National Research Council, Division on Earth and Life Studies, Board on Radioactive Waste Management, Committee on the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant
National Academies Press, Jun 11, 2001 - Science - 156 pages
The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) is a deep underground mined facility for the disposal of transuranic waste resulting from the nation's defense program. Transuranic waste is defined as waste contaminated with transuranic radionuclides with half-life greater than 20 years and activity greater than 100 nanocuries per gram. The waste mainly consists of contaminated protective clothing, rags, old tools and equipment, pieces of dismantled buildings, chemical residues, and scrap materials. The total activity of the waste expected to be disposed at the WIPP is estimated to be approximately 7 million curies, including 12,900 kilograms of plutonium distributed throughout the waste in very dilute form. The WIPP is located near the community of Carlsbad, in southeastern New Mexico. The geological setting is a 600-meter thick, 250 million-year-old saltbed, the Salado Formation, lying 660 meters below the surface.
What people are saying - Write a review
2 Repository Performance Confirmation
3 National Transuranic Waste Management Program