NOTICE: The project that is the subject of this report was approved by the Governing Board of the National Research Council, whose members are drawn from the councils of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine. The members of the committee responsible for the report were chosen for their special competences and with regard for appropriate balance.
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This project was supported primarily by the Department of Energy, Yucca Mountain Project Office. Other agencies provided core support for the activities of the Geotechnical Board under the auspices of which this project was initiated. These agencies include the Department of the Army (Defense Nuclear Agency), Department of the Air Force (Air Force Office of Scientific Research), Department of the Interior (Bureau of Mines and Burreau of Reclamation), Department of Transportation (Federal Transit Administration), Department of Energy (Office of the Superconducting Super Collider), Department of the Army (Defense Nuclear Agency, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and National Science Foundation—MSS-9203139.
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