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Crystalline rock as a repository for Swedish spent nuclear fuel

Allan Hedin and Olle Olsson
Crystalline rock as a repository for Swedish spent nuclear fuel (in Deep-mined geological disposal of radioactive waste, Bruce W. D. Yardley (editor), Rodney C. Ewing (editor) and Robert A. Whittleston (editor))
Elements (August 2016) 12 (4): 247-252


The granitic bedrock at Forsmark (Sweden) provides a well suited host rock for a geological repository in which to safely dispose of spent nuclear fuel. The properties of the host rock have been thoroughly investigated through boreholes from the surface. This repository will be at a depth of approximately 500 m where the spent nuclear fuel will be contained in 6,000 copper canisters able to withstand potential earthquakes and glaciation events. The canisters will be surrounded by a bentonite clay buffer to prevent canister corrosion by groundwater. The safety assessment in support of the site's license application suggests that almost all of the canisters will remain tight even one million years into the future.

ISSN: 1811-5209
Serial Title: Elements
Serial Volume: 12
Serial Issue: 4
Title: Crystalline rock as a repository for Swedish spent nuclear fuel
Title: Deep-mined geological disposal of radioactive waste
Author(s): Hedin, AllanOlsson, Olle
Author(s): Yardley, Bruce W. D.editor
Author(s): Ewing, Rodney C.editor
Author(s): Whittleston, Robert A.editor
Affiliation: Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Company, Stockholm, Sweden
Affiliation: Radioactive Waste Management, Oxford, United Kingdom
Pages: 247-252
Published: 201608
Text Language: English
Publisher: Mineralogical Society of America and Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland and Mineralogical Association of Canada and Geochemical Society and Clay Minerals Society, International
References: 8
Accession Number: 2016-101617
Categories: Environmental geologyEngineering geology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. sketch map
N60°24'12" - N60°24'12", E18°08'60" - E18°08'60"
Country of Publication: International
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Abstract, copyright, Mineralogical Society of America. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States
Update Code: 201649
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