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Deep geological salt formations are considered the most suitable medium for the disposal of radioactive wastes in the Federal Republic of Germany. To develop and test the necessary disposal techniques, the Asse Salt Mine in Germany is being used as a national R&D facility for in-situ tests. A series of experiments is being performed on the disposal of high-level radioactive waste (HAW). These will be the most important pilot tests for the HAW repository. 30 vitrified high-level radioactive heat and radiation sources will be emplaced in six underground boreholes. The duration of testing will be five years. In addition to the investigation of the interactions of the heat and radiation sources and the host rock, a complete handling system for HAW-canisters is being developed and proved.

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Authors: KUHN K, GSF, Institut fur Tieflagerung, Braunschweig (DE);ROTHFUCHS T, GSF, Institut fur Tieflagerung, Braunschweig (DE)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: Waste Management '89, Tucson, Arizona (US), Feb.26-March 2, 1989
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 34621 ORA
Record Number: 198910377 / Last updated on: 1994-12-01
Original language: en
Available languages: en