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ETHEL is the Commission of the European Communities' facility designed for handling multigram quantities of tritium for safety inherent R&D purposes. Tritium contaminated wastes in gaseous, liquid and solid forms will be generated in ETHEL during the experiments and maintenance operations. All such wastes must be managed under the safest operating conditions to minimise releases of tritium to the environment and any consequent radiological risks to workers and the general population. The aim of this report is to collect adequate background information on current strategies and practices applied in Europe, the USA and Canada, particularly those currently applied for managing fission wastes. Operational criteria for waste collection, sorting, classification, conditioning and packaging, as well as acceptance criteria for their storage or disposal, have been identified. Waste storage or disposal options already applied in various countries or still being investigated in terms of safety have also been considered. Although the radwaste management strategy is continuously being reviewed, some general comments resulting from the assessment of the present waste management scenario are presented.

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Authors: MANNONE F, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 13592 EN (1992) 105 pp., MF, ECU 8, blow-up copy ECU 16.50
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