Disposal at Intermediate Depth
Intermediate Depth Disposal of Radioactive Waste: The Safety Basis and its Realization - International Workshop, Gyeongju City, Republic of Korea, 8-12 December, 2008
An International Workshop on the above topic was organized by the IAEA and hosted by the Ministry of Knowledge Economy of Korea through the Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co. (KHNP). Findings
Recent international conferences on the safety of radioactive waste management and the first two review meetings of the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management (2003 and 2006) have all highlighted the need for comprehensive national waste management strategies which encompass all types of radioactive waste from their generation to their clearance or disposal. more
The objective of the workshop is to explore the concept of intermediate depth disposal; specifically what can be claimed in terms of the degree of containment and isolation that can be provided by intermediate depth disposal. What may be suitable geological environments for such facilities and what may be contra-indicators was addressed as was approaches to safety demonstration. The workshop was structured so as to enable conclusions to be drawn with particular attention on the need to develop international safety standards specifically for intermediate depth disposal, and on areas where sharing of knowledge would be most beneficial.
The main topics covered included experience to date with the management of waste not suitable for near surface disposal but not indicated for geological disposal and intermediate depth disposal facilities (design intent and realization, safety demonstration and regulatory considerations).
- Mr. John Rowat, IAEA,
Division of Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety
- Mr. Bernard Neerdael, Division of Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Waste Technology