Tracer Tests Performed in the Field for WIPP in Southeastern New Mexico
A two-well recirculating tracer test began in October 1979 to define as accurately as possible the hydraulic character of a fractured carbonate aquifer, the Culebra dolomite member of the Rustler Formation at the WIPP site in Eddy and Lee Counties, New Mexico. The Culebra dolomite overlies a zone planned for isolation of transuranic contaminated waste generated by the United States defense programs. The storage zone of the proposed facility is in nearly pure halite and about 1400 feet (427 meters) below the Culebra dolomite, the most likely pathway for the migration of radionuclides to the biosphere in the event the repository is breached by groundwater.
KeywordsHydraulic Conductivity Injection Well Tracer Test Sodium Benzoate Storage Zone
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