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Silica dust control in hard rock tunnels.
Kissell-F; Jurani-R; Dresel-R; Parker-C
Proceedings of the Rapid Excavation and Tunneling Conference, Orlando, Fl, June 21-23, 1999. Littleton, CO: Society of Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration, 1999 Jun; :241-247
This report describes actions taken to control silica dust at the Yucca Mountain Exploratory Studies Facility (ESF), a tunnel located in Southern Nevada that is part of a scientific program to determine site suitability for a potential nuclear waste repository. The rock is a volcanic tuff containing significant percentages of both quartz and cristobalite. Water use for dust control was limited because of scientific test requirements. A major dust reduction was achieved with an intermediate air cleaning station located on a rear deck of the TBM trailing gear.
Tunneling; Mine-shafts; Mining-industry; Coal-mining; Coal-dust; Quartz-dust; Silica-dusts; Silicates; Dust-control; Dust-analysis; Dust-exposure; Dust-inhalation; Dust-particles; Statistical-analysis; Airborne-dusts; Airborne-particles; Air-treatment; Air-sampling; Air-quality-control; Air-monitoring
Proceedings of the Rapid Excavation and Tunneling Conference, Orlando, Fl, June 21-23, 1999
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