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Fusion reactors based on the deuterium-tritium fuel cycle will generate radioactive waste as a result of neutron irradiation of the structural materials and absorption of the tritium fuel. An important issue is whether the volume of this waste and the risks associated with it can be reduced to a sufficiently low level that the environmental advantage of fusion can be maintained without incurring unacceptable additional costs. Information is presented on the radioactive waste expected from the decommissioning of three generations of fusion devices - the JET experiment, NET, and power reactors. The characteristics and probable volumes of this waste are considered, together with the risks associated with its disposal.

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Authors: HANCOX R, UKAEA, Culham Laboratory, Abingdon, Oxon. (GB);BUTTERWORTH G J, UKAEA, Culham Laboratory, Abingdon, Oxon. (GB)
Bibliographic Reference: Report: AEA FUS 61 EN (1990) 12 pp.
Availability: Available from the Librarian, UKAEA, Culham Laboratory, Abingdon, Oxon. OX14 3DB (GB)
Record Number: 199110107 / Last updated on: 1994-12-02
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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