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Preliminary Safety Analysis of the Baita Bihor Radioactive Waste Repository, Romania

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Richard Little, Alex Bond, Sarah Watson

Quintessa, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England, UK

Felicia Dragolici

IFIN-HH, Romania

Ludovic Matyasi, Sandor Matyasi

GeoProspect, Romania

Mihaela Naum, Ortenzia Niculae

SITON, Romania

Mike Thorne

Mike Thorne & Associates, Sowerby Bridge, Calderdale, England, UK

Paper No. ICEM2007-7095, pp. 1197-1200; 4 pages
  • The 11th International Conference on Environmental Remediation and Radioactive Waste Management
  • 11th International Conference on Environmental Remediation and Radioactive Waste Management, Parts A and B
  • Bruges, Belgium, September 2–6, 2007
  • Conference Sponsors: Nuclear Division and Environmental Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4339-0 | eISBN: 0-7918-3818-8
  • Copyright © 2007 by ASME


A project funded under the European Commission’s Phare Programme 2002 has undertaken an in-depth analysis of the operational and post-closure safety of the Baita Bihor repository. The repository has accepted low- and some intermediate-level radioactive waste from industry, medical establishments and research activities since 1985 and the current estimate is that disposals might continue for around another 20 to 35 years. The analysis of the operational and post-closure safety of the Baita Bihor repository was carried out in two iterations, with the second iteration resulting in reduced uncertainties, largely as a result taking into account new information on the hydrology and hydrogeology of the area, collected as part of the project. Impacts were evaluated for the maximum potential inventory that might be available for disposal to Baita Bihor for a number of operational and post-closure scenarios and associated conceptual models. The results showed that calculated impacts were below the relevant regulatory criteria. In light of the assessment, a number of recommendations relating to repository operation, optimisation of repository engineering and waste disposals, and environmental monitoring were made.

Copyright © 2007 by ASME



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