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Abstract

THE STATUS OF SEA BED DISPOSAL STUDIES AND POSSIBLE STRATEGIES FOR FUTURE DEVELOPMENT ARE REVIEWED. BACKGROUND INFORMATION TO STRATEGY DEVELOPMENT INCLUDES PRESENTATION OF SELECTED RECOMMENDATIONS IDENTIFIED BY THE NEA/OECD SEA BED WORKING GROUP, THE ENGINEERING STUDIES TASK GROUP OF THE SEA BED WORKING GROUP AND THE SUBSEA BED CONSORTIUM. INFERENCES ARE DRAWN FROM THESE RECOMMENDATIONS. THE PAPER DISCUSSES HOW SOUND SCIENTIFICALLY BASED RESEARCH, SIGNIFICANT POLITICAL PERCEPTION AND TECHNOLOGICAL PROOF OF CONCEPT MAY BE RELATED TO STRATEGY FORMULATION IS DISCUSSED. A PROPOSED EUROPEAN STRATEGY IS OUTLINED, WHICH IS CONSORTIUM STRATEGY DEVELOPED IN THE US. THIS SUGGESTS PROCEEDING TO THE TECHNOLOGICAL PROOF OF CONCEPT BY EMPLACING ONE OR MORE FULL-SIZED WASTE CANISTERS CONTAINING NON-RADIOACTIVE, SIMULATED HEAT-PRODUCING WASTE BY A CHOSEN DEPLOYMENT SYSTEM. THE LATTER COULD INCLUDE THE DRILLED-IN, THE PENETRATOR OR THE PUSHED-IN OPTION. EMPLACED CANISTERS WOULD BE MONITORED FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME, AND EVENTUALLY RETRIEVED FOR EXAMINATION. INTERNATIONAL CO-OPERATION AND CO-ORDINATION OF ALL ASPECTS IS RECOMMENDED.

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Authors: RICHARDS A F ADRIAN RICHARDS CO., AALSMEER, NL MURRAY C N JRC-ISPRA GERA F ISMES, ROMA , ADRIAN RICHARDS CO., AALSMEER, NL;JRC-ISPRA;ISMES, ROMA
Bibliographic Reference: PAPER PRESENTED: OXFORD/UK, SEPT. 20-21, 1988, AVAILABILITY: CEC-LUXEMBOURG, DG XIII/A2, BP 1907, MENTIONING PAPER ORA 34267 E
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