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Outline for the Horonobe Underground Research Laboratory project synthesis of phase I investigations 2001 - 2005

Kunimaru, Takanori; Ota, Kunio; Abe, Hironobu; Yamaguchi, Takehiro; Ishii, Eiichi ; Kurikami, Hiroshi; Tomura, Goji; Shibano, Kazunori; Hama, Katsuhiro; Matsui, Hiroya; Niizato, Tadafumi; Takahashi, Kazuharu*; Niunoya, Sumio*; Ohara, Hidefumi; Asamori, Koichi; Morioka, Hiroshi*; Funaki, Hironori; Shigeta, Naotaka; Fukushima, Tatsuo

The Horonobe Underground Research Laboratory (URL) Project is being pursued by the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) to enhance the reliability of relevant disposal technologies through investigations of the deep geological environment within the host sedimentary formations at Horonobe, northern Hokkaido. The project consists of two major research areas, "Geoscientific Research" and "R&D on Geological Disposal", and proceeds in three overlapping phases, "Phase I: Surface-based investigation", "Phase II: Construction" and "Phase III: Operation", over a period of 20 years. The present report summarises the results of the Phase I geoscientific research carried out from March 2001 to March 2005. Integration of work from different disciplines into a "geosynthesis" ensures that the Phase I goals have been successfully achieved and identifies key issues that need to be addressed in the Phase II/III investigations.

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