Nuclear Waste Management

We have worked as lead scientists on the major geological nuclear waste disposal projects in the United States and Canada. Our nuclear waste research programs have included the numerical modeling of radionuclide transport in groundwater systems, and deep exploration drilling programs to characterize the geology of proposed nuclear waste repositories.

Yucca Mt. Nuclear Waste Repository

Hydrodynamics has served as hydrologic research consultants for Inyo County California since 1997. We have been working to determine if a hydraulic connection exists between the Yucca Mt. Nuclear Repository and the major springs in Death Valley National Park. Our research included regional groundwater modeling, deep exploratory drilling, & geochemical modeling. Our research was published & presented to the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board.

Ontario Power Nuclear Waste Repository

Hydrodynamics with GEOCOM modeling potential nuclear waste generated gas migration and impacts from the proposed Ontario Power’s Deep Geologic nuclear waste repository in Ontario, Canada.

Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP)

Dr. Bredehoeft represented the New Mexico Attorney General office concerning WIPP geological system performance issues. The focus of his research was potential radionuclide transport resulting from nearby petroleum hydro-frac operation.

Savannah River Site

Dr. Bredehoeft represented a Citizens Advisory Board concerning the injection of triteum in the local groundwater from the F & H ponds at the Savannah River Plant, Georgia.