Waste Technology Section

International Low Level Waste Disposal Network (DISPONET)


Regional Training Course on Development of a Near Surface Disposal Facility

16—20 May 2011, Pretoria, South Africa


day 1


Welcome and opening - V. Msutwana-Qupe

Opening remarks – L. Nachmilner

Course arrangements – G. Liebenberg

Course synopsis and overview - L. Nachmilner

Participants introductory remarks - G. Liebenberg

Review of waste management practises in participating countries - G. Liebenberg

Participant presentations throughout the day


day 2


International best practise and trends in LLW disposal - L. Nachmilner

Overview of waste disposal in South Africa - J.F. Beyleveld

Site selection - E. Raubenheimer

Regulatory framework and compliance - NNR

Repository concepts for LLW disposal, including bore hole disposal - L. Nel

Comparison of WAC for near surface and geological facilities

Safety case and assessment - J.J. van Blerk

Operational safety assessment - E. Fourie

Site characterization - M. Andreoli


day 3


National policies and strategies - G. Liebenberg

Orverview of repository program at Vaalputs - J.F. Beyleveld

Waste acceptance criteria - J.F. Beyleveld

Repository decommissioning and after-care - E. Fourie

Repository operations - J.F. Beyleveld

Radiological control programs - G. Liebenberg

Quality and environmental management systems (QMS and EMS) - C. Williams


day 4


Pre-disposal waste management - L. Hordijk

Waste packages (waste form and container) - J.F. Beyleveld

Waste transport - E. Raubenheimer

Public acceptance - A. Carolissen

Experimental work - J.F. Beyleveld

Visit to NECSA Pre-disposal facilities - L. Hordijk

Visit to NECSA Visitor Centre


day 5


Practical excercise: Repository development programme - L. Nachmilner

Discussion and evaluation of course (questionnaire) - G. Liebenberg

Closing - L. Nachmilner
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