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To control the migration of radioactive and hazardous wastes currently contained underground, barriers made of natural materials and man-made substances are constructed atop, and possibly around, the contaminated area. Barrier Technologies for Environmental Management provides a brief summary of the key issues that arose during the Workshop on Barriers for Long-Term Isolation. Recurring themes from the session include the importance of quality control during installation, followed by periodic inspection, maintenance, and monitoring, and documentation of installation and performance data. The book includes papers by the workshop presenters.

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National Research Council. 1997. Barrier Technologies for Environmental Management: Summary of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

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188 pages |  8.5 x 11 | 

  • Paperback:  978-0-309-05685-4
  • Ebook:  978-0-309-17491-6
Chapters skim
Front Matter i-x
Executive Summary 1-2
Introduction 3-3
Workshop Overview 4-5
Themes Identified at Workshop 6-6
References 7-8
Appendix A: Biographical Sketches of Committee Members 9-14
Appendix B: Program Outline 15-16
Appendix C: Participants 17-18
Appendix D: Table of Contents of Papers Presented 19-20
Development and Testing of Permanent Isolation Surface Barriers at the Hanford Site 21-40
New Technologies for Subsurface Barrier Wall Construction 41-53
Ecology, Design, and Long-Term Performance of Surface Barriers: Applications at a Uranium Mill Tailings Site 54-67
Soil, Plant and Structural considerations for Surface Barriers in Arid Environments: Application of Results from Studies in the Mojave Desear near Beatty, Nevada 68-78
Natural Physical and Biological Processes Compromise the Long-term Performance of Compacted Soil Caps 79-88
Geomembranes in Surface Barriers 89-96
Earthen Materials in Surface Barriers 97-107
Comparison of Clay and Asphaltic Materials for Use as Low-Permeability Layers in Engineered Covers at the Rocky Flats Environmental Technology Site 108-118
Alternatives for Ground Water Cleanup 119-132
Construction of Deep Barrier Walls for Waste Containment 133-141
Self-Hardening Slurries and Stable Grouts from Cement-Bentonite to IMPERMIX 142-149
A Field Test of Permeation Grouting in Heterogeneous Soils Using a New Generation of Barrier Liquids 150-161
Sealable Joint Steel Sheet Piling for Ground-Water Pollution Control 162-170
Artifically Frozen Ground as a Subsurface Barrier Technology 171-179

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