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Addressing Challenges in Managing Radioactive Waste from Past Activities


English IAEA-TECDOC-2039 ¦ 978-92-0-102724-5

23 figures ¦ € 30.00 ¦ Date published: 2024

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The publication aims to support the safe and effective management of radioactive waste from past activities by presenting focused information on the specific challenges associated with such waste and providing guidance on how to develop and implement strategies to address those challenges. The main objective is to describe typical characteristics of legacy wastes and identify the major challenges to their safe management. In support, information gained through analysis of varied experiences, case studies, good practices and lessons learned are given, aiming to provide guidance on strategies for Member States to overcome these challenges, successfully manage their existing legacy waste inventories, and minimize the risk of their creation in the future. The information provided will be of interest to the waste management community, particularly to those responsible for the safe and effective management of radioactive waste from past activities in their respective countries.

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Challenges, Managing Radioactive Waste, Past Activities, Radioactive Waste Disposal, Radioactive Substances, Safety Regulations, Legacy Wastes, Strategic and Technical Aspects, Technical Solutions, Case Studies, Key Issues, Solid, Liquid, Gaseous and Wet-Solid Legacy Waste, Management Strategies and Planning, Inventory Size, Non-Technical Issues, Legal, Financial, Organizational, Ownership and Stakeholder Issues, Legacy Waste Challenges, Legacy Waste Safe Management, Waste Characterization, Analysis, Good Practices, Lessons Learned, Guidance, Member States, Waste Management Community, Strategy Development, Waste Hierarchy, Define the Endpoint, Disposition Route, In-Situ Waste Stabilization, Knowledge Management Procedures, Appropriate Storage Structure, Segregation, Scaling Approach, International Collaboration, Historical Records, Retrieval of Waste, Degrading Conditions, Chemical and Hazardous Properties, Dose Rate, Environmental Monitoring, Waste Processing Approaches, Container Selection, Transport Considerations, Quality Management, Clearance, Reuse, Recycle, Location of Predisposal Operations, Large Components

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