Radioactive waste management

Vol. 28-1

March 1986

Studies conducted by the IAEA and NEA/OECD have shown that about 200,000 metric tonnes of heavy metal (Mt U) will accumulate by the year 2000 from water-cooled reactors worldwide. Not more than one-fourth of it will be reprocessed. Countries now are looking for the best way to increase storage capacities, in view of delays in commercial construction of fast breeder reactors, high reprocessing prices, and an over-supply of uranium. The possible storage solutions, experiences in long-term storage, geological disposal options, assessing long-term safety, site considerations and packaging spent fuel are discussed here

World status of radioactive waste management. Though much progress has been registered, some questions need to be resolved

Overview of IAEA activities in the field: The programme structure incorporates some new elements ; The IAEA's radioactive waste management programme

Long-term storage and disposal of spent fuel

Assessing the radiological safety of waste repositories. A review of procedures, methods, and problems

Update: The international Stripa project. A progess report from the test station in an old Swedish iron mine

Deep-sea disposal: Scientific bases to control pollution. A status report on the technical work of the IAEA and NEA

Report from Monaco: Waste management and the sea. Environmental R and D at IAEA's International Laboratory of Marine Radioactivity

Policy and practice in India: A technical overview of programmes and plans ; India's policy on radioactive waste management

Sweden: Policy and licensing

French experience and plans: From mounds and monoliths to deeper exploration ; French experience in radioactive waste management

Managing high-level waste in the USA. Progress in implementing the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982

International safeguards aspects of spent-fuel storage. Techniques and approaches are evolving to meet future challenges

A forerunner of the NPT: The Soviet proposals of 1947. A retrospective look at attempts to control the spread of nuclear weapons

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