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Radioactive Waste in Perspective

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Large volumes of hazardous wastes are produced each year, however only a small proportion of them are radioactive. While disposal options for hazardous wastes are generally well established, some types of hazardous waste face issues similar to those for radioactive waste and also require long-term disposal arrangements. The objective of this NEA study is to put the management of radioactive waste into perspective, firstly by contrasting features of radioactive and hazardous wastes, together with their management policies and strategies, and secondly by examining the specific case of the wastes resulting from carbon capture and storage of fossil fuels. The study seeks to give policy makers and interested stakeholders a broad overview of the similarities and differences between radioactive and hazardous wastes and their management strategies.

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Risk, Perceived Risk and Public Attitudes

Nuclear Energy Agency

Any perspective on the management of radioactive and hazardous wastes (the first theme of this study) or comparisons between wastes arising from different forms of electricity generation (the second theme of this study) cannot be complete without consideration of public attitudes and perceptions of risk. This matter is summarised in this chapter and considered in detail in Appendix 4.

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