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Timing of High-level Waste Disposal

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This study identifies key factors influencing the timing of high-level waste (HLW) disposal and examines how social acceptability, technical soundness, environmental responsibility and economic feasibility impact on national strategies for HLW management and disposal. Based on case study analyses, it also presents the strategic approaches adopted in a number of national policies to address public concerns and civil society requirements regarding long-term stewardship of high-level radioactive waste. The findings and conclusions of the study confirm the importance of informing all stakeholders and involving them in the decision-making process in order to implement HLW disposal strategies successfully.

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Introduction

Nuclear Energy Agency

The total volume of high-level radioactive waste (HLW) from nuclear reactors is relatively small. There is a broad agreement among experts that deep geological disposal, after a reasonable cooling time in interim storage, is technically feasible and constitutes a safe option [33] at an acceptable cost. A key issue, however, is the time-scale for developing such a final disposal solution.

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