Waste Technology Section

Underground Research Facilities Network (URF)

Under the auspices of the IAEA, nationally developed Underground Research Facilities (URFs) and associated laboratories concerned with the geological disposal of radioactive waste are being offered for use by various Member States. The URFs and laboratories form a network for training in and demonstration of waste disposal technologies and the sharing of knowledge.


  • To encourage the preservation, sharing and transfer of knowledge and technologies;

  • To work on solutions for Member States currently without URFs;

  • To supplement national efforts and promote public confidence in waste disposal schemes;

  • To contribute to the resolution of key technical issues.

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