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Geological features of the Morsleben repository and their relevant for long-term safety

W. Brewitz, J. Droste and G. Stier-Friedland
Geological features of the Morsleben repository and their relevant for long-term safety (in Deep geologic repositories, Norbert T. Rempe (editor))
Reviews in Engineering Geology (2008) 19: 53-66


In Germany, the former potash and rock salt mine Morsleben is so far the only underground repository for radioactive waste operated on the basis of the Atomic Act. In 1986, the Morsleben repository was licensed by the authorities of the former German Democratic Republic for the disposal of low- and intermediate-level waste. In 1999, the federal government of Germany decided to cease disposal operations. At present, a license for the closure of the repository is being pursued by the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS). BfS initiated a comprehensive scientific and technical program to keep Morsleben a safe repository. This program resulted in greater insight into the geological structure of the site, the rock mechanical deformation of the underground excavations, and the origin and age of brine seeps at a few locations in the mine. To reduce the radiological consequences of a brine intrusion scenario, the Gesellschaft fur Anlagen- und Reaktorsicherheit (GRS), contracted by BfS, investigated several concepts for effective backfilling and sealing. Material selection and-in view of the specific geological situation-adequate positioning of sealing systems underground contribute substantially to the long-term safety of the repository.

ISSN: 0080-2018
EISSN: 2169-799X
Coden: GAEGA4
Serial Title: Reviews in Engineering Geology
Serial Volume: 19
Title: Geological features of the Morsleben repository and their relevant for long-term safety
Title: Deep geologic repositories
Author(s): Brewitz, W.Droste, J.Stier-Friedland, G.
Author(s): Rempe, Norbert T.editor
Affiliation: Fachbereich Endlagersicherheitsforschung (Final Repository Safety Research Division), Gesellschaft fuer Anlagen- und Reaktorsicherheit, Braunschweig, Federal Republic of Germany
Affiliation: 1403 North Country Club Circle, Carlsbad, NM, United States
Pages: 53-66
Published: 2008
Text Language: English
Publisher: Geological Society of America (GSA), Boulder, CO, United States
ISBN: 978-0-8137-4119-2
References: 14
Accession Number: 2009-010026
Categories: Engineering geology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. geol. sketch map, sect., strat. col.
N51°16'60" - N52°28'00", E07°34'60" - E12°07'00"
Secondary Affiliation: Bundesamt fuer Strahlenschutz, DEU, Federal Republic of Germany
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute.
Update Code: 200906
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