Hydrologic evaluation of the proposed high-level nuclear waste repository, Palo-Duro Basin, Northern Texas
Creators:Steen, David F.
Advisor:McKenzie, Garry D.
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Publisher:The Ohio State University
Series/Report no.:The Ohio State University. Department of Geology and Mineralogy Senior Theses; 1985
This paper reviews and evaluates the hydrologic criteria presently used to define potential high-level radioactive waste storage within the bedded salt deposits of the Palo-Duro Basin of Northern Texas. Two criteria are presented which are designed to characterize the hydrological performance of a nuclear waste repository within a selected geologic medium. These criteria are: I) Hydrologic analysis must define the local and regional groundwater flow regimes, and determine the effects of repository construction on those systems and II) Analysis of the geologic record and previous hydrological conditions of the selected site must be made for prediction of favorable or unfavorable long-term hydrologic conditions. These criteria are then applied to the proposed repository site within the Palo-Duro Basin for hydrologic evaluation of the site.