Improving the Regulation and Management of Low-Activity Radioactive Wastes pdf

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Improving the Regulation and Management of Low-Activity Radioactive Wastes by NRC pdf free download

Improving the Regulation and Management of Low-Activity Radioactive Wastes by NRC pdf free download. Studies by the National Academies provide scientific and technical advice to assist public decision makers. Studies are typically conducted at the request of a government agency, which funds the study. This study, however, was self-initiated by the National Academies’ Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board (NRSB). Looking back over 60 years since the widespread use of nuclear energy began, Board members recognized that statutes, regulations, and commercial practices that deal with low-activity radioactive wastes—which comprise the largest volume of radioactive wastes in the United States—have evolved as an inconsistent patchwork.

Improving the Regulation and Management of Low-Activity Radioactive Wastes by NRC pdf free download

Low-activity wastes range from medical and laboratory wastes, to industrial-scale equipment and process residues, to rubble and contaminated soils from nuclear facility decommissioning and cleanup, and to mining and mineral extraction wastes. Clearly this wide variety of wastes touches on many sectors of the economy. Low-activity wastes are regulated primarily by their origins—the nature of the industry that produced them—rather than the actual radiological hazards they present.

Improving the Regulation and Management of Low-Activity Radioactive Wastes by NRC pdf free download

Wastes from some origins are tightly controlled, resulting in limited and relatively expensive management and disposal options; while other wastes that present equal or greater risks are less closely controlled. Once initiated by the NRSB, this study received a great deal of interest from agencies responsible for the regulation and disposition of lowactivity wastes as well as from public stakeholders.

Improving the Regulation and Management of Low-Activity Radioactive Wastes by NRC pdf free download

Improving the Regulation and Management of Low-Activity Radioactive Wastes by NRC pdf download


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