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Preliminary risk benefit assessment for nuclear waste disposal in spaceThis paper describes the recent work of the authors on the evaluation of health risk benefits of space disposal of nuclear waste. The paper describes a risk model approach that has been developed to estimate the non-recoverable, cumulative, expected radionuclide release to the earth's biosphere for different options of nuclear waste disposal in space. Risk estimates for the disposal of nuclear waste in a mined geologic repository and the short- and long-term risk estimates for space disposal were developed. The results showed that the preliminary estimates of space disposal risks are low, even with the estimated uncertainty bounds. If calculated release risks for mined geologic repositories remain as low as given by the U.S. DOE, and U.S. EPA requirements continue to be met, then no additional space disposal study effort in the U.S. is warranted at this time. If risks perceived by the public are significant in the acceptance of mined geologic repositories, then consideration of space disposal as a complement to the mined geologic repository is warranted.
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Conference Paper
Rice, E. E. (Battelle Columbus Labs. OH, United States)
Denning, R. S. (Battelle Columbus Laboratories Columbus, OH, United States)
Friedlander, A. L. (Science Applications, Inc. Schaumburg, IL, United States)
Priest, C. C. (NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
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August 10, 2013
Publication Date
September 1, 1982
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IAF PAPER 82-234
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