Scientific Basis for Nuclear Waste Management

Scientific Basis for Nuclear Waste Management

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Safe and effective management of nuclear wastes continues to be of vital international importance and provides a broad range of challenges in materials science. The complex nature of nuclear waste issues necessitates an interdisciplinary approach in the search for long-term solutions, and materials science plays a central role in this effort. This symposium occurred at a propitious time. Six months earlier, in July 2002, following a historic vote by the U.S. Congress to override the Nevada governor's veto of the President's recommendation, Yucca Mountain, Nevada, was designated as the United States' site for a geological repository for spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste. Fittingly, the Keynote Address, delivered by Dr. Thomas Kiess of the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management, outlines the history, current status and future of the Yucca Mountain Repository. In addition, countries such as Sweden, Finland, Spain, France, Belgium, Switzerlandand Japan continue to make significant progress in their high-level waste programs. Presentations on their advancements are also included here.P. Hrma, A. Jiricka, D.E. Smith, T.H. Loner, I.A. Reamer, and R.L. Schulz, Han- ford Immobilized LAW Product Acceptance Testing: Tanks Focus Area Results, PNNL- 13744, ... D.H. Bacon and B.P. McGrail, Waste Form Release Calculations for the 2001 Immobilized Low-Activity Waste ... Modeling of Aqueous Geochemical Systems: Theoretical Manual, Usera#39;s Guide, and Related Documentation (Versionanbsp;...

Title:Scientific Basis for Nuclear Waste Management
Author:Robert J. Finch, Daniel B. Bullen, Materials Research Society. Meeting
Publisher: - 2003


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