Proposed site selection criteria for hazardous waste disposal facilities in Iraq
2012 (English)In: Waste Management and the Environment VI / [ed] V. Popov; H. Itoh; C.A. Brebbia, WIT Press, 2012, 309-319 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Hazardous wastes in Iraq can be considered as a looming crisis due to its severe impact on health and environment after the 1991 and 2003 wars. The most dangerous type is depleted uranium waste. It is classified by EU and USEPA as Low-Level radioactive Waste and a simple and sufficiently safe way of isolating it from the biosphere is to turn it into a landfill confined within tight dikes. Selection of a disposal site requires a number of conditions to be fulfilled, like socio/economic, environmental and geotechnical criteria, which, in combination, determine where such landfills can be located. This is particularly obvious for Iraq, with its large desertic areas that are available for constructing landfills of hazardous waste. The climatic conditions are suitable and the deep groundwater level valuable for minimizing or avoiding contamination of the area. Heavy rain may occasionally fall requiring special measures to be taken for maintaining stability and tightness. This paper lists suitable site selection criteria for landfills of hazardous waste with special respect to Iraq. An example of a suitable disposal site is described and assessed.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
WIT Press, 2012. 309-319 p.
, WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment, ISSN 1743-3541 ; 163
hazardous waste, depleted uranium, Iraq, repository, landfill, site selection, Al-Jezira desert., Civil engineering and architecture - Geoengineering and mining engineering
Samhällsbyggnadsteknik och arkitektur - Geoteknik och gruvteknik
Research subject Soil Mechanics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-39523DOI: 10.2495/WM120281Local ID: e506bc6c-65a7-46b9-9aa1-23d931cb691fISBN: 978-1-84564-606-6ISBN: 978-1-84564-607-3 (PDF)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-39523DiVA: diva2:1013037
International Conference on Waste Management and the Environment : 04/07/2012 - 06/07/2012
Validerad; 2012; 20120821 (ysko)2016-10-032016-10-03Bibliographically approved