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Underground repositories for chemically toxic waste in German salt and potash mines

Hartmut Behnsen
Hartmut Behnsen
K+S Entsorgung GmbH, Verband der Kaliund Salzindustrie e.V., Postfach 080651, 10006 Berlin, Germany, and Reinhardtstrasse 18A, 10117 Berlin, Germany
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January 01, 2008


German potash and salt mines have pioneered underground isolation of chemotoxic wastes. Comprehensive site-specific safety assessments have validated short- and long-term performance for each facility. Adherence to strict site prerequisites and waste-acceptance criteria combined with the reliance on enclosure inside multiple barriers justify confidence in the retention capacity of the total system. Underground waste isolation has been proven to be a success in Germany. Application of the lessons learned here will help solve environmental problems worldwide.

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GSA Reviews in Engineering Geology

Deep Geologic Repositories

Norbert T. Rempe
Norbert T. Rempe
1403 N. Country Club Circle Carlsbad, New Mexico 88220, USA
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Geological Society of America
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January 01, 2008



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