Yucca Mountain water science found to be 'defensible'

8 June 2005

The US Department of Energy (DoE) has reportedly concluded that despite accusations of fraud and falsification, results of analyses of water flow through the proposed Yucca Mountain waste repository site are not out of line with those of other studies.

Findings of US Geological Survey hydrologists on how surface water might infiltrate the waste storage tunnels are consistent with other research done on the mountain. "The net infiltration estimates are technically feasible," said Yucca Mountain deputy director John Arthur.

Nonetheless, while the figures are credible, the DoE will not use them in its licence request for the proposed store on the grounds that the integrity of the data has been brought into question following the discovery of a number of emails in which scientists working on the project discussed fabrication of the data.

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