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Shallow groundwater intrusion to deeper depths caused by construction and drainage of a large underground facility; Estimation using $$^{3}$$H, CFCs and SF$$_{6}$$ as trace materials

Hagiwara, Hiroki; Iwatsuki, Teruki; Hasegawa, Takuma*; Nakata, Kotaro*; Tomioka, Yuichi*

This study evaluates a method to estimate shallow groundwater intrusion in and around a large underground research facility (Mizunami Underground Research Laboratory - MIU). Water chemistry, stable isotopes ($$delta$$D and $$delta$$$$^{18}$$O), tritium ($$^{3}$$H), chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and sulfur hexafluoride (SF$$_{6}$$) in groundwater were monitored around the facility (from 20 m down to a depth of 500 m), for a period of 5 years. The results show that shallow groundwater inflows into deeper groundwater at depths of between 200-400 m. In addition, the content of shallow groundwater estimated using $$^{3}$$H and CFC-12 concentrations is up to a maximum of about 50%. This is interpreted as the impact on the groundwater environment caused by construction and operation of a large facility over several years. The concomitant use of $$^{3}$$H and CFCs is an effective method to determine the extent of shallow groundwater inflow caused by construction of an underground facility.

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