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Assessment and Comparison of Waste Management System Costs for Nuclear and Other Energy Sources

English STI/DOC/010/366 92-0-101494-5
155 19 38.00 1994


This report summarizes the results and conclusions of a survey, carried out by the IAEA, of existing waste management cost estimates for representative nuclear and fossil fuel cycles with the objective of providing a correct perspective of the economic and environmental aspects of the different means of electricity production. For the first time waste management cost estimates for all fuel cycle activities from mining to decommissioning of facilities have been compiled, and levelized unit costs for waste management have been compared to the total levelized costs for electricity production.

Contents: 1. Introduction; 2. Description of fuel cycles; 3. Waste arisings; 4. Waste management; 5. Methodology for cost assessment; 6. Cost data; 7. Impact of waste management costs on electricity prices; 8. Comparison of impact of fossil and nuclear waste management costs on electricity prices; 9. Conclusions; Appendix I: Review of available references on fossil waste management cost estimates; Appendix II: Source data for nuclear waste management costs; Appendix III: Spreadsheet for reference data.

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