July 16th nuclear explosion : Permanent earth displacement by Reines, F.; Los Alamos National Laboratory.; United States.

By Reines, F.; Los Alamos National Laboratory.; United States. Dept. of Energy.; United States. Dept. of Energy. Office of Scientific and Technical Information

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By Reines, F.; Los Alamos National Laboratory.; United States. Dept. of Energy.; United States. Dept. of Energy. Office of Scientific and Technical Information

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The stability and the predictability of the geological environment (or any system component) are clearly related. Nevertheless, the period during which well-supported statements about the evolution of a component can be made does not necessarily coincide with the period during which the component will, in reality, remain stable. 28 geologically stable if perturbing geological events and processes can either be excluded, or shown to be sufficiently rare, slow, or the consequences sufficiently small that repository safety will not be compromised over the required time frame.

In the context of geological disposal, a site is generally considered to be 9. The stability and the predictability of the geological environment (or any system component) are clearly related. Nevertheless, the period during which well-supported statements about the evolution of a component can be made does not necessarily coincide with the period during which the component will, in reality, remain stable. 28 geologically stable if perturbing geological events and processes can either be excluded, or shown to be sufficiently rare, slow, or the consequences sufficiently small that repository safety will not be compromised over the required time frame.

The positive outcome of the recent peer review of the French Dossier 2005 Argile (Andra, 2005) also shows that safety cases have and can effectively address the potential effects on long-term safety of an open period. Ensuring that there is no unacceptable long-term impact of the pre-closure phase on post-closure safety is widely seen as an objective in the planning of repository construction, operation and closure. The specific perturbations that need to be avoided can depend strongly on the specific barriers and safety functions provided by the system and the degree to which these are emphasised in the safety case.

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