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Since its independance in 1992, the Republic of Kazakhstan has been establishing a management system for current and future low-level, intermediate, and high-level radioactive waste on its territory. Part of this system is dealing with the disposal of intermediate and high-level radioactive waste. In this context, an international collaborative project supported by the European Commission was launched in 1996. This project aimed at evaluating the merits of two potential disposal sites, namely the tunnels of the Degelen mountain where nuclear tests occurred in the past, and the underground cavities created by nuclear explosions and the Azgir salt formations. The results of these investigations are published here and show that none of these sites prove to be suitable for the disposal of radioactive waste due to the presence of fractures in the surrounding rocks.

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Authors: BÖTTGER G, C and E Consulting GmbH, Chemnitz (DE);DENECKE C, C and E Consulting GmbH, Chemnitz (DE);GÖRNER R, C and E Consulting GmbH, Chemnitz (DE);VIEHWEG M, C and E Consulting GmbH, Chemnitz (DE);KRAUSE H, Stoller Ingenieurtechnik, Dresden (DE);SCHNEIDER L, Stoller Ingenieurtechnik, Dresden (DE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 17633 EN (1998) 217pp., ECU 36.50
Availability: Available from the (2)
ISBN: ISBN 92-828-3484-0
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