Disposal of Waste from the Cleanup of Large Areas Contaminated as a Result of a Nuclear Accident

Technical Reports Series No. 330

Subject Classification: 0804-Waste management

English STI/DOC/010/330; (ISBN:92-0-100792-2); € 20.50; Date Published: 1992

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The problem of ground contamination in the case of a severe nuclear accident is one of special concern. This report gives guidance on planning and management of safe transportation and disposal of large volumes of contaminated materials, with the objective of minimizing the consequences of such an accident. It is closely linked to Technical Reports Series No. 300, Cleanup of Large Areas Contaminated as a Result of a Nuclear Accident (1989), and No. 327, Planning for Cleanup of Large Areas Contaminated as a Result of a Nuclear Accident (1991). Contents: 1. Introduction; 2. Purpose; 3. Scope; 4. Waste characteristics and quantities; 5. Treatment of wastes; 6. Scenarios for the transportation and disposal of wastes; 7. Loading and transportation of large volumes of waste; 8. Disposal of large volumes of waste; 9. Disposal of facility operation, closure and surveillance; 10. Review of operational experience; 11. Radiation protection and safety plan; 12. Conclusions; Appendix A: Radiological criteria required to implement the cleanup of large areas after an accident at a nuclear facility; Appendix B: A generic method for estimating costs of waste loading, transportation and disposal; Appendix C: Experience in Canada with the transportation and long term management of radioactively contaminated soils; Appendix D: Experience in the USA with the transportation and disposal of radium contaminated waste; Appendix E: Transportation and disposal of large volumes of contaminated material arising from cleanup after the Chernobyl accident.

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