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UGS involvement with Paradox Basin repository siting: a review of UGS activities associated with the Department of Energy's efforts to evaluate areas within the Paradox Basin as suitable for a high level nuclear waste repository (San Juan County) (RI-202)

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By: S. N. Eldredge and G. Atwood

This Report of Investigation consists of four reports that summarize different aspects Qf the Utah Geological and Mineral Survey's (UGMS) review of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) program to evaluate several areas in the Paradox Basin as suitable for a high-level nuclear waste repository. This document brings together most of the technical comments and other concerns that the UGMS geologists and Utah's Geology Work Group raised regarding DOE's program. These reports were written over a two-year period of time as part of the UGMS responsibility to review DOE activities. Editorial standards have not been entirely adhered to because of the different conditions, purposes, and audiences for which the reports were originally written. They have been edited to a limited extent for clarity, although, extensive changes in text have been avoided.

Numerous concerns are raised in these four reports relative to the suitability of the Davis Canyon and Lavender Canyon sites for a high-level nuclear waste repository and the adequacy of the data upon which the DOE based major decisions. Many of these concerns have not been resolved to the satisfaction of the UGMS. This Report of Investigation is intended as a permanent record outlining the UGMS activities relating to the evaluation of proposed high-level nuclear waste repository sites in the Paradox Basin and comments made by the UGMS and Geology Work Group on documents prepared by the DOE and DOE contractors.

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Published: 1985
Pages: 84 p.
Location: San Juan County
Media Type: Paper Publication

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