Sunday, December 27, 2009

Waste management

Waste management

The aims of waste management are to process the wastes in such a way as to make them suitable for storage and disposal, and to store or dispose of them so that there are no unacceptable risks to present and future generations. Here disposal implies simply that there is no intention to retrieve them, rather than that it would be impossible to do so.

We described the discharge of effluents from the nuclear fuel cycle, but there are also other radioactive wastes. These come not only from the various parts of the nuclear fuel cycle - from the mining and processing of uranium to the dismantling of old nuclear installations - but also from medical, industrial and research activities involving radioactive materials.

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