On US Spent Nuclear Fuel & Salt Domes

We were looking at this new addition to the Salt Dome documents pageTexas Salt Domes–Aspects Affecting Disposal of Toxic-Chemical Waste in Solution-Mined Caverns  and we did a simple search in the document for the word “radiation” and found this:

(p.57)
Creep laws are one kind of the many constitutive laws that model the ratedependent deform at i on of materi a 1 s. Creep 1 aws are app 1 i ed to the des i gn of underground storage caverns, radioactive waste repositories, and to salt mines
where the combination of stress, temperature, and time gives rise to significant time-dependent deformation.

(p.86)
Results of the operation of Project Salt Vault: a demonstration of disposal of high-level radioactive solids in salt: III Symposium on Salt, v. 10, p. 455-462.

(p.88)
1978, An investigation of the utility of Gulf Coast salt domes for the storage or disposal of radioactive wastes,
Volume I: Louisiana State University, Institute for Environmental Studies, Contract Report EW-78-C-05-5941/53, 390 p.

(p. 179)
Fenix and Scisson, Inc., 1976a, Review of applicable technology–solution mining of caverns in salt domes to serve as repositories for radioactive wastes: Prepared for U.S. Energy ResearCh and Development Administration, Office of Nuclear Waste Isolation, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Y/OWI/SUB-76/92880, 122 p.

(p. 283)
1976, Review of applicable technology–solution mining of caverns in salt domes to serve as repositories for radioactive wastes: Prepared for U.S. Energy Research and Development Administration, Office of Nuclear Waste Isolation, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Contract No. Y /OWI/SUB-76/92880, 122 p.

(p. 154)

Salt Dome Name Mineral Status of Production Reporting Org.or
Mining Method
Name of Co.
MARKHM BRINE ACTIVE BRINE WELLS Texas Brine

(p. 321)
PIERCE JUNCTION   ”     “
SPINDLETOP           ”      “

AND –

We came across this interesting paper on Project Salt Vault –

U.S. Spent Nuclear Fuel Policy: Road to Nowhere [Part II: Project Salt Vault]

The primary objective of Project Salt Vault was to demonstrate the safety and feasibility of handling and storing high level nuclear waste (HLW) solids from power reactors in salt formations. The engineering and scientific objectives were to:

· Demonstrate waste-handling equipment and techniques required to handle packages containing HLW solids from the point of production to the disposal location.

· Determine the stability of salt formations under the combined effects of heat and radiation (approximately 4,000,000 curies of radioactive material, yielding up to 109 rads).

· Collect information on creep and plastic flow of salt needed for the design of an actual disposal facility.

· Monitor the site for radiolytic chemical reactions, if such should occur.

We don’t know if HIGH LEVEL nuke waste is in Bayou Corne but we don’t know that’s it’s NOT there!

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