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Near Surface Disposal Facilities for Radioactive Waste

Specific Safety Guide

IAEA Safety Standards Series No. SSG-29
Specific Safety Guides

English STI/PUB/1637 ¦ 978-92-0-114313-6

103 pages ¦ 5 figures ¦ € 36.00 ¦ Date published: 2014

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This Safety Guide provides recommendations on how to meet safety requirements on the disposal of radioactive waste. It is concerned with the disposal of solid radioactive waste by emplacement in designated facilities at or near the land surface. The Safety Guide provides guidance on the development, operation and closure of, and on the regulatory control of, near surface disposal facilities, which are suitable for the disposal of very low level waste and low level waste. The Safety Guide provides guidance on a range of disposal methods, including the emplacement of solid radioactive waste in earthen trenches, in above ground engineered structures, in engineered structures just below the ground surface and in rock caverns, silos and tunnels excavated at depths of up to a few tens of metres underground. It is intended for use primarily by those involved with policy development for, with the regulatory control of, and with the development and operation of near surface disposal facilities.

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