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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Strategic Issues for Hazardous Waste

Nuclear Energy Agency

The intention of this chapter is to provide an overview of the main strategic issues associated with managing non-radioactive hazardous waste. Hazardous waste covers a far broader spectrum of materials and objects than does radioactive waste. Whilst Appendix 1 looks at strategic issues for radioactive waste primarily in an international context, this appendix considers hazardous waste primarily using national examples, mainly from Germany and the United States. These countries were chosen because of the availability of expertise in the expert group that produced this report.


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