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Title: Understanding radioactive waste

This document contains information on all aspects of radioactive wastes. Facts are presented about radioactive wastes simply, clearly and in an unbiased manner which makes the information readily accessible to the interested public. The contents are as follows: questions and concerns about wastes; atoms and chemistry; radioactivity; kinds of radiation; biological effects of radiation; radiation standards and protection; fission and fission products; the Manhattan Project; defense and development; uses of isotopes and radiation; classification of wastes; spent fuels from nuclear reactors; storage of spent fuel; reprocessing, recycling, and resources; uranium mill tailings; low-level wastes; transportation; methods of handling high-level nuclear wastes; project salt vault; multiple barrier approach; research on waste isolation; legal requiremnts; the national waste management program; societal aspects of radioactive wastes; perspectives; glossary; appendix A (scientific American articles); appendix B (reference material on wastes). (ATT)
Authors:
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
5155221
Report Number(s):
PNL-3570
ON: DE82007628
DOE Contract Number:
AC06-76RL01830
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Other Information: Portions of document are illegible
Research Org:
Pacific Northwest Lab., Richland, WA (USA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; 12 MANAGEMENT OF RADIOACTIVE AND NON-RADIOACTIVE WASTES FROM NUCLEAR FACILITIES; 11 NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE AND FUEL MATERIALS; 98 NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT, SAFEGUARDS, AND PHYSICAL PROTECTION; RADIOACTIVE WASTE DISPOSAL; RESEARCH PROGRAMS; RADIOACTIVE WASTES; CLASSIFICATION; ATOMS; BIOLOGICAL EFFECTS; CHEMISTRY; ENGINEERED SAFETY SYSTEMS; FISSION; FISSION PRODUCTS; ISOTOPES; LEGISLATION; LOW-LEVEL RADIOACTIVE WASTES; MANHATTAN PROJECT; MILL TAILINGS; NUCLEAR ENERGY; RADIATIONS; RADIOACTIVE WASTE MANAGEMENT; REACTORS; REGULATIONS; REPROCESSING; SALT DEPOSITS; SOCIAL IMPACT; SPENT FUEL STORAGE; SPENT FUELS; TRANSPORT; USA; ENERGY; ENERGY SOURCES; FUELS; GEOLOGIC DEPOSITS; MANAGEMENT; MATERIALS; NORTH AMERICA; NUCLEAR FUELS; NUCLEAR REACTIONS; RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS; REACTOR MATERIALS; SEPARATION PROCESSES; SOLID WASTES; STORAGE; TAILINGS; WASTE DISPOSAL; WASTE MANAGEMENT; WASTES 290600* -- Energy Planning & Policy-- Nuclear Energy; 052000 -- Nuclear Fuels-- Waste Management; 050800 -- Nuclear Fuels-- Spent Fuels Reprocessing; 055000 -- Nuclear Fuels-- Safeguards, Inspection, & Accountability