International Conference on Management of Radioactive Waste from Non-Power Applications - Sharing the Experience

5 - 9 November 2001


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    Radioactive materials are used extensively in the industrial, medical, agricultural, research and education sectors owing to the favourable properties of some specific radionuclides, their commercial availability and their reasonable cost. The annual consumption of these materials is growing, both in developing and in developed countries, resulting in generation of radioactive waste of different forms and natures. Thus the growing number of radionuclide applications is mirrored by increasing demands for efficient management of the associated radioactive waste. Management of the waste requires special techniques, trained personnel and an appropriate regulatory framework, all of which should be fully available in the countries where such materials are used. The growing number of nuclear applications underscores the increasing importance of the associated handling, processing, storage and disposal of the radioactive waste generated. A specific issue is the decommissioning of old facilities, since their original design in some cases may not correspond to modern safety requirements or are due to inadequate functional capabilities.

    A wide variety of technical options have been developed and are available for processing of radioactive waste generated both by the nuclear power industry and by different nuclear applications. The selection of an appropriate technology for waste processing depends mainly on the characteristics of the waste, the scale of waste production and the requirements for the final waste forms. The types, volumes and characteristics of the wastes generated from nuclear applications vary considerably, such that in many cases different approaches are needed for the whole system of treatment, conditioning and storage of these wastes.


    The primary objective of the Conference is to provide an opportunity for experts in this field to meet and exchange information, and to discuss experience, specific practices and technical solutions used in the management of radioactive waste derived from different non-power nuclear applications. This includes waste from the operation of research reactors, and from the production and application of radioisotopes, labelled compounds and sealed radioactive sources in industry, medicine, agriculture, research and education. The discussion may also include management of specific waste types, such as waste from radiological accidents, waste from remediation activities connected with old, inadequate waste management facilities, etc. The Conference may also address the issues of management of very low level radioactive waste (VLLRW) and of ‘technologically enhanced naturally occurring radioactive materials’ (TENORMs) to identify the existing scale of the problems and to analyse current approaches of Member States to their solution.

    The Conference is also intended to identify the most important and problematic components of the subject area and to facilitate the sharing of experience in improving efficiency, safety and economy in the management of radioactive waste from non-power nuclear applications.


    The conference programme will be structured to provide four and a half days of technical sessions that will cover the main issues related to the management of radioactive waste from non-power applications. Overview of particular subject areas will be provided by invited speakers. Panel discussions are also planned to cover areas of main interest and importance to the participants of the conference.

    The major topics to be covered by the conference are:

    1. National Waste Management Strategies, Approaches and Experience

      • national policies and approaches for management of radioactive waste, with emphasis on organizational and technical solutions;

      • waste arisings and waste classification;

      • strategies and incentives for waste minimization;

      • on-site and centralized options for radioactive waste processing and storage;

      • quality assurance programs, training and education;

      • economic and regulatory issues;

      • approaches to TENORMs;

      • national and international waste management databases;

      • international co-operation.

      An invited review paper will be presented on this topic with the tentative title: Establishing and maintaining the International Waste Management Database Objectives, requirements and achievements.

    2. Current Experience with Processing of Radioactive Waste from Non-Power Applications

      • waste from research centres, research reactors, other organizations;

      • waste collection and storage, characterization techniques;

      • experience in treatment and conditioning of liquid and solid radioactive waste;

      • biomedical radioactive waste;

      • management of spent fuel from research reactors.

      An invited review paper will be presented on this topic with the tentative title: Waste from non-power applications: Sources, characteristics and potential hazards.

    3. Innovative Technologies and Treatment of Specific Waste Types

      • application of innovative technologies (e.g. membrane methods, selective sorption, vitrification, thermochemical processes);

      • treatment of specific waste types (e.g. chemically toxic radioactive waste, organic waste, waste arisings from accidents, TENORMs).

      An invited review paper will be presented on this topic with the tentative title: New technologies for processing of waste from non-power applications: Efficiency and cost considerations.

      Panel discussion 1: Existing solutions and issues in management of radioactive waste from non-power applications.

    4. Management of Disused Sealed Radioactive Sources

      • spent/disused sealed radioactive source collection and characterization;

      • testing of sealed radioactive sources for reuse;

      • conditioning of disused sealed radioactive sources for storage and disposal;

      • concepts and strategies for long term storage and disposal.

      An invited review paper will be presented on this topic with the tentative title: Important issues and approaches in the management of disused radioactive sources.

      Panel discussion 2: Methods and concepts for management of disused sealed radioactive sources.

    5. Waste from Decommissioning of Small Nuclear Facilities

      • waste arisings from decommissioning activities;

      • decommissioning waste characterization and processing.

      An invited review paper will be presented on this topic with the tentative title: Decommissioning of research reactors and other facilities.

    6. Remediation and Upgrading of Old, Inadequate Waste Management Facilities

      • status of old processing/disposal facilities for radioactive waste;

      • experience in upgrading/restoration of old, inadequate waste management sites and facilities.

    7. Storage and Disposal of Radioactive Waste

      • experience in storage, transportation and disposal of waste;

      • waste packages and acceptance criteria for storage and disposal;

      • considerations related to long term storage and deferred solutions to disposal.

      An invited review paper will be presented on this topic with the tentative title: Status and issues of storage and disposal of radioactive waste from non-power applications.

      Panel discussion 3: The final Panel discussion should formulate general conclusions and findings which are intended to focus the attention of Member States on issues needed for further development and co-operation. These may include:

      • existing practice, technical solutions, main achievements;

      • economic and regulatory aspects;

      • issues needing specific consideration.


    All persons wishing to participate in the meeting are requested to complete a Participation Form and send it as soon as possible to the competent official authority (Ministry of Foreign Affairs or national atomic energy authority) for subsequent transmission to the IAEA. A participant will be accepted only if the Participation Form is transmitted through the competent official authority of a Member State of the International Atomic Energy Agency or by an organization invited to participate.


    As a general rule, the IAEA does not pay the cost of attendance, i.e. travel and living expenses, of participants. However, limited funds are available to help meet the cost of attendance of selected specialists mainly from developing countries with low economic resources. Generally, not more than one grant will be awarded to any one country.

    If governments wish to apply for a grant on behalf of one of their specialists, they should address specific requests to the International Atomic Energy Agency to this effect. Governments should ensure that applications for grants:

    1. be submitted by 10 April 2001, and

    2. be accompanied by a duly completed and signed Grant Application Form.

    Applications which do not comply with the conditions mentioned under (a) and (b) cannot be considered.

    The grants awarded will be in the form of lump sums usually covering only part of the cost of attendance.

    The costs for the organization of the meeting are borne by the IAEA and the Host Government.

    No registration fee is charged to participants.


    All papers - apart from invited review papers - must present original work; they should not have been published elsewhere.

    Deadline for submission

    A completed Form for Submission of a Paper, together with the Participation Form and two copies of an extended synopsis of 800 words (i.e. two A4 format pages of single spaced typing or the equivalent, including any tables or diagrams and a few pertinent references) must be sent (in English) to the competent official authority for transmission to the IAEA by 10 April 2001 (see below).

    The synopsis should give enough information on the contents of the proposed paper to enable its evaluation by the selection committee. Introductory and general matters should not be included. (The synopsis - if accepted - will be reproduced in unedited form in the Book of Extended Synopses; therefore, the original must be submitted in camera-ready form. The general style and presentation should be as in the attached sample.)

    Authors are urged to strictly observe the above deadline as otherwise publication of their paper cannot be guaranteed.

    Paper/poster acceptance

    In order to provide ample time for discussion, the number of papers that can be accepted for oral presentation is limited. If the number of relevant and high quality papers submitted for selection exceeds the acceptable number, poster presentation may be proposed.

    Authors will be informed whether their papers have been accepted for presentation at a plenary session or as a poster on the basis of the extended synopsis. The IAEA, however, reserves the right to refuse the presentation or publication of any paper that does not meet the expectations based on the information given in the extended synopsis.

    Further details concerning the written and oral presentation at the meeting will be sent to all authors in due course.


    The proceedings of the meeting will be published in camera-ready (unedited) form (CD ROM) by the IAEA as soon as possible after the meeting. All participants will receive a free copy of the proceedings.


    The working language of the meeting will be English. All communications, synopses, abstracts and papers must be sent to the Agency in English.


    A preliminary program of the Conference will be sent to participants before the meeting.

    The final program, (the book of extended synopses) will be distributed on registration.


    Detailed information on accommodation and other items will be sent to all designated participants well in advance of the meeting.

  11. VISA

    Participants who require a visa to enter Malta should submit the necessary application to the nearest diplomatic or consular representative of Malta as soon as possible.


    The address of the Secretariat is:

    International Atomic Energy Agency
    Vienna International Center
    Wagramer Strasse 5
    P.O. Box 100
    A-1400 Vienna
    Austria, Europe

    Telephone No.: (+43) - 1 - 2600(0) plus extension
    Telex No.: (+43) - 1 - 12645
    Telefax No.: (+43) - 1 - 26007
    Email: [email protected])

    The Scientific Secretary of the Conference is Mr. Valeri Efremenkov, Division of Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Waste Technology (telephone extension 22659, e-mail address: [email protected]). Conference organization is provided by Ms. Hildegard Schmid, Conference Service Section, Division of Conference and Document Services (telephone extensions 21316, e-mail address: [email protected]).


    The Participation Form and the Form for the Submission of a Paper, together with two copies of each synopsis, and, if applicable, the Grant Application Form, should be sent to the competent official authority (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, national atomic energy authority) for transmission to the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

    Subsequent correspondence on scientific matters should be sent to the Scientific Secretary and correspondence on administrative matters to the IAEA Conference Service Section.

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