Accession Number:

ADA461817

Title:

Hydrology of the Melton Valley Radioactive-Waste Burial Grounds at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tennessee

Descriptive Note:

Open-File rept.

Corporate Author:

GEOLOGICAL SURVEY RESTON VA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1988-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

124.0

Abstract:

Burial grounds 4, 5, and 6 were used sequentially from 1951 to the present for the disposal of solid, low-level radioactive waste by burial in shallow trenches and auger holes. Abundant rainfall, a generally thin unsaturated zone, geologic media of inherently low permeability, and the operational practices employed have contributed to partial saturation of the buried waste, leaching of radionuclides, and transport of dissolved matter from the burial areas. Two primary methods of transport from these sites are by dissolution in circulating ground water, and the overflow of fluids in trenches and subsequent flow across land surface. The waste-disposal areas are underlain by the Conasauga Group Cambrian age, a complex sequence of mudstone, siltstone, and limestone interbeds grading from one lithotype to the other, both laterally and vertically. Compressional forces that caused regional thrust faulting also caused much internal deformation of the beds. Folds, bedding-plane faults, and joints are widespread. Small solution openings have developed in some areas where the structurally-related openings have provided ingress to ground water.

Subject Categories:

  • Hydrology, Limnology and Potamology
  • Solid Wastes and Pollution and Control
  • Radiation Pollution and Control

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE