Isotopically labeled water has been utilized by several researchers to help elucidate the glass dissolution mechanism in aqueous media. However, most of the results have been obtained with simple silicate glasses and have utilized low surface-to-volume (S/V) ratios and relatively short time scales. In this paper we report the results of an extensive study of the leach behavior of the preliminary West Valley nuclear waste glass composition, WV205, in deuterium oxide using multiple S/V ratios at both short and long times. The WV205 glass was leached in parallel in both ordinary deionized water and in deuterated water at five S/V ratios (20, 100, 200, 2000 and 6000 m−1) at 90°C under PCT (the SRL-modified MCC3 procedure) conditions with sampling at 1, 3, 7, 28, 56, 120 days, and four times annually thereafter; the tests will continue for several years. Initial rates were determined by measurements at shorter times with polished monoliths. A significant isotope effect, as measured by the ratio of leach rates, RH20/RD20, was found at all S/V ratios and reached values as large as 360%. Our data yield different values for RH20/RD20 in the diffusion, matrix dissolution, and saturation dominated regimes with the largest effect in the middle stage. Large values of RH20/RD20 would be characteristic of a primary kinetic isotope effect suggestive of a bond breakage involving hydrogen in the rate determining step.