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Title: The management of radioactive wastes in the UK

Abstract

The safe management and disposal of radioactive wastes is clearly a necessary requirement for the future development of nuclear energy. The nuclear program in the United Kingdom has evolved over the past 40 years, and the management of wastes arising from the industry has been developed in parallel. Strategy is in place for the management of all categories of waste, i.e., low-, intermediate-, and high-level wastes, and good progress is being made on the facilities for the conditioning of these wastes and their eventual disposal. Low-level wastes (LLW) will be compacted and the compacts grouted into steel containers prior to being disposed of in shallow engineered vaults at the Drigg disposal site near Sellafield. Intermediate-level wastes (ILW) arising from reprocessing operations and elsewhere will be encapsulated in cement in 500-{ell} stainless steel drums (or other containers) at Sellafield. High-level liquid waste from reprocessing operations, which has hitherto been stored in concentrated form in high-integrity tanks, is now being vitrified at Sellafield, and the canisters of glass will be stored for at least 50 years prior to final disposal.

Authors:
 [1]
  1. British Nuclear Fuels Ltd., Risley (England)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
5786317
Report Number(s):
CONF-910603-
Journal ID: ISSN 0003-018X; CODEN: TANSA
Resource Type:
Conference
Journal Name:
Transactions of the American Nuclear Society; (United States)
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 63; Conference: Annual meeting of the American Nuclear Society (ANS), Orlando, FL (United States), 2-6 Jun 1991; Journal ID: ISSN 0003-018X
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
12 MANAGEMENT OF RADIOACTIVE AND NON-RADIOACTIVE WASTES FROM NUCLEAR FACILITIES; HIGH-LEVEL RADIOACTIVE WASTES; RADIOACTIVE WASTE MANAGEMENT; INTERMEDIATE-LEVEL RADIOACTIVE WASTES; LOW-LEVEL RADIOACTIVE WASTES; UNITED KINGDOM; CEMENTS; COMPACTING; CONTAINERS; ENCAPSULATION; ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS; FUEL ASSEMBLY DISMANTLING; GEOLOGY; GROUND DISPOSAL; IAEA; MAGNOX TYPE REACTORS; OPERATION; RADIOACTIVE WASTE DISPOSAL; REPROCESSING; RISK ASSESSMENT; SAFETY; SELLAFIELD REPROCESSING PLANT; SPENT FUEL ELEMENTS; STAINLESS STEELS; VITRIFICATION; ALLOYS; BUILDING MATERIALS; DEVELOPED COUNTRIES; EUROPE; FUEL ELEMENTS; FUEL REPROCESSING PLANTS; GAS COOLED REACTORS; GCR TYPE REACTORS; GRAPHITE MODERATED REACTORS; HIGH ALLOY STEELS; INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS; IRON ALLOYS; IRON BASE ALLOYS; MANAGEMENT; MATERIALS; NATURAL URANIUM REACTORS; NUCLEAR FACILITIES; RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS; RADIOACTIVE WASTES; REACTOR COMPONENTS; REACTORS; SEPARATION PROCESSES; STEELS; WASTE DISPOSAL; WASTE MANAGEMENT; WASTES; 052000* - Nuclear Fuels- Waste Management

Citation Formats

Wilkinson, W L. The management of radioactive wastes in the UK. United States: N. p., 1991. Web.
Wilkinson, W L. The management of radioactive wastes in the UK. United States.
Wilkinson, W L. Tue . "The management of radioactive wastes in the UK". United States.
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abstractNote = {The safe management and disposal of radioactive wastes is clearly a necessary requirement for the future development of nuclear energy. The nuclear program in the United Kingdom has evolved over the past 40 years, and the management of wastes arising from the industry has been developed in parallel. Strategy is in place for the management of all categories of waste, i.e., low-, intermediate-, and high-level wastes, and good progress is being made on the facilities for the conditioning of these wastes and their eventual disposal. Low-level wastes (LLW) will be compacted and the compacts grouted into steel containers prior to being disposed of in shallow engineered vaults at the Drigg disposal site near Sellafield. Intermediate-level wastes (ILW) arising from reprocessing operations and elsewhere will be encapsulated in cement in 500-{ell} stainless steel drums (or other containers) at Sellafield. High-level liquid waste from reprocessing operations, which has hitherto been stored in concentrated form in high-integrity tanks, is now being vitrified at Sellafield, and the canisters of glass will be stored for at least 50 years prior to final disposal.},
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