Waste Technology Section

Underground Research Facilities Network for Geological Disposal (URF)


Member States operating a nuclear power plant, or planning to establish future use of nuclear power, must provide for the back end management, including disposal of resulting high level waste and/or spent nuclear fuel. Geological disposal offers an internationally accepted solution for the endpoint, safe and sustainable management of such waste.

Under the auspices of the IAEA, the Underground Research Facilities Network for Geological Disposal (URF network) was set up in 2001. At its inception the network focused on the role of Underground Research Facilities (URFs) in supporting geological disposal developments.

Throughout 13 years of operation, the URF network has broadened its scope and role. The network provides its members a community of practice and learning for geological disposal and a platform to assess and share best practices in developing, evaluating and implementing geological disposal solutions. The network however maintains a strong link with the role and use of URFs in supporting successful geological disposal implementation.

The Network is open to accession by organizations with specific responsibilities related to establishing, developing, providing the scientific and technical basis for, and/or implementing deep geological disposal projects for radioactive waste.

For more information on the URF network programme of activities, please enter CONNECT .

**Please note that to access the platform you need to be registered to NUCLEUS .



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