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Less stringent conditions would be required for the isolation and storage of spent nuclear fuel if long-lived radionuclides could be partitioned from the remainder of the waste. The removal of alpha-emitters, which are the main contributors to the release of heat in the waste, would allow for a denser form of storage. Long-lived fission products represent only a tiny fraction of the total radiotoxicity. However it was thought, on the basis of now obsolete data, that these could migrate relatively quickly out of a repository because of their chemical properties. A workshop was therefore held in Karlsruhe in October 1989, to discuss transmutation processes, target or fuel developments, minor actinide partitioning and transmutation strategies.

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Authors: KOCH L, JRC Karlsruhe (DE);APOSTOLIDIS C, JRC Karlsruhe (DE);MAYER K, JRC Karlsruhe (DE);NICOLAOU G, JRC Karlsruhe (DE);WELLUM R, JRC Karlsruhe (DE)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: Spectrum '90: International Topical Meeting on Nuclear and Hazardous Waste Management, Knoxville, Tennessee (US), Sept. 30 - Oct. 10, 1990
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 35863 ORA
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