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This study investigates the possibility that various types of solid radioactive waste are equivalent in terms of risks associated with their land-based disposal in so far as they are viewed by different sections of society. If such a framework were established, it could be used to aid decisions as to whether central disposal facilities, accepting waste from several countries, should be constructed. Details are presented of assumed radionuclide inventories for a representative range of radioactive wastes, calculations and results of the radiological impacts of their disposal, and illustrative methods for weighting the various components of impact which, when summed, provide an overall measure of impact. Five sets of weighting factors have been devised which are intended to represent the views of a) the radiological protection community, b) those with a pro-nuclear industry view, c) those who oppose nuclear power on safety grounds, d) the inhabitants of the country receiving wastes for disposal, and e) the inhabitants of the country dispatching the wastes. On the basis of the calculated weighted radiological impacts, conclusions can be drawn about general views on the disposal of each type of waste and about attitudes to the export or exchange of waste.

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Authors: FEARN H S, National Radiological Protection Board, Didcot (GB);SMITH G M, National Radiological Protection Board, Didcot (GB);DAVIS J P, National Radiological Protection Board, Didcot (GB);HILL M D, National Radiological Protection Board, Didcot (GB)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 12062 EN (1989) MF, 60 pp., ECU 4, blow-up copy ECU 7.50
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ISBN: CD-NA-12062-EN-C
Record Number: 198910421 / Last updated on: 1994-12-01
Original language: en
Available languages: en