[ RadSafe ] Low-level radioactive waste dump in West Texas

Scott Kirk skirk at VALHI.NET
Thu Jan 6 10:34:47 CST 2011

Otto - I agree and also take exception to the word "dump". Our facility is a robust, highly engineered facility which includes to a requirement to containerize waste in re-enforced concrete canisters, use of multiple intruder barriers, and placement of waste 10 meters below grade. The waste will be placed in a highly impermeable clay formation with a hydraulic conductivity over two orders of magnitude greater than concrete. The clay formation is approximately 600 feet thick. The standard in Texas requires a period of performance of 1000 years or peak dose, whichever is longer. We modeled the site's performance over 100,000 years into the future and accounted for future climate changes. The highest annual dose estimated was less than 10 mrem.

J. Scott Kirk, CHP
Waste Control Specialists LLC
Vice President, Licensing, Corporate Compliance and RSO
Three Lincoln Centre, Suite 1700
5430 LBJ Freeway
Dallas, Texas 75204
Work: 972-450-4233
Cell: 214-681-7178


From: radsafe-bounces at health.phys.iit.edu on behalf of Otto G. Raabe
Sent: Thu 1/6/2011 10:08 AM
To: The International Radiation Protection (Health Physics) Mailing List
Subject: Re: [ RadSafe ] Low-level radioactive waste dump in West Texas

>Please, the correct terminology is "radioactive waste disposal
>facility" or just "waste facility".

Many of the public think we DUMP the waste like garbage into the fragile earth.


Prof. Otto G. Raabe, Ph.D., CHP
Center for Health & the Environment
University of California
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616
E-Mail: ograabe at ucdavis.edu
Phone: (530) 752-7754   FAX: (530) 758-6140
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