Justification for Possibility to Dispose of Class 2 and 3 Radioactive Waste in Underground Space of Uranium Mines

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.30686/1609-9192-2020-5-32-37

E.V. Kuzmin, A.V. Kalakutskiy, M.A. Tarasov, A.A. Morozov

Intensive development of the nuclear power generation industry creates the issue of radioactive waste disposal (RAW), which has a negative impact on the environment. Development of uranium deposits using underground mines produces openings, e.g. workings and stopes that can be used as reservoirs for RAW storage. This requires a geomechanical assessment of the condition of mine workings and stopes, evaluation of their total volume, compliance with the requirements for the nuclear waste disposal sites, necessary preparation, as well as evaluation of the limits of existing mining technologies and equipment.

Keywords: radioactive waste (RAW), worked-out stopes, underground space, RAW containers, rock fracturing, core scanning, nuclear waste disposal site, rock reinforcement, injection cable anchors, anchors, safety gates

Russian Mining Industry №5 / 2020, стр.32-37