Category Archives: Radioactive waste management and contaminated site clean-up

Implementation of geological disposal

The UK government (through the Department of Energy and Climate Change, DECC) is working with the NDA through its RWMD (a prospectivesite licence company) on finding a site and implementing the construction of a GDF through the volunteer process. The variety of the UK’s wastes mean that a multi-level and chamber repository will be needed with differ­ent wastes in separate […]

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Exotic fuels

A wide range of unirradiated and irradiated uranium and plutonium mix­tures of fast reactor fuels has been left over from the research programme. These require a high level of security for the site and their storage arrange­ments. The NDA reviewed the credible options for this fuel which included stakeholder consultation. The top two options were continued storage at Dounreay or […]

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Blue Ribbon Commission

In 2009, the Obama Administration announced that it had determined that developing a repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, is not a workable option and that the United States needs a different solution for nuclear waste disposal. The Secretary of Energy established the BRC on America’s Nuclear Future in January 2010 to evaluate alternative approaches for managing SNF (referred to as […]

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Contaminated site cleanup experience and planned projects

19.4.1 Low-level, historical waste projects A variety of sites contaminated with historical low-level radioactive waste materials have been identified across Canada. The diversity of wastes, wasteforms and sites include: pitchblende ore handling facilities used during the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s along a 2,200 km transportation route between the Port Radium mine in the Northwest Territories and Fort McMurray in

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Solid radioactive waste classification scheme

The process involves the implementation of the national radioactive waste classification scheme in the Necsa context in support of solid radioactive waste management on the Necsa site at Pelindaba. The system is aimed at presenting the classification scheme as it applies to Necsa and providing principles and guidance on waste classification in terms of the approved classification scheme [3] and […]

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Treatments and conditioning of radioactive wastes

With the rapid development of its nuclear industry, China’s RAW manage­ment has gradually been improved over the past 20 years. In the 1950s, when the country’s nuclear industry had just begun to develop, the Chinese gov­ernment put forward the policy that radiation protection should be devel­oped before the nuclear industry became operational, which required that any work involving radioactivity must […]

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