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The present report reviews the objectives, standards and criteria for radioactive waste disposal in the European Community with a view to identifying common features and differences in the regulatory frameworks of its Member States. A few common general principles form the basis for legal and regulatory measures. These apply to radiation protection (with the systems of dose limitation and control), ethical and sociological questions, environmental and natural resources protection, and nuclear safeguards. A description is given of the implementation of common principles, standards and requirements at Community level, in line with requirements laid down in the European Community Treaties, and in international conventions and recommendations. This is followed by a review of the implementation of basic criteria by national safety authorities. Regulatory measures and national policies and the approaches used in devising criteria are discussed for both near surface disposal of low-level waste and for deep geological disposal of waste in continental formations. Finally, the roles and duties of the operators of radioactive waste facilities are reported. More detailed information on particular aspects is presented in the annexes; waste classification in the European Community Member States; financial provisions for waste management activties; regional Conventions on pollution prevention; and radioactive waste management policies.

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Authors: ORLOWSKI S, CEC Bruxelles (BE);SCHALLER K H, CEC Bruxelles (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 12570 EN (1989) 82 pp., FS, ECU 7.50
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Record Number: 199010233 / Last updated on: 1994-12-01
Original language: en
Available languages: en