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This report gives the findings of a project for the developing of approaches for management of large volumes of waste containing natural radioactivity in enhanced concentrations. Described are regulations in Member States of the European Union (EU), an inventory of volumes involved and pragmatic approaches for handling radioactive waste from the nonnuclear industry. An overview is given of existing EU regulations and regulations in Member States. Information is given about radiological problems inside the plants and about waste management problems. Some of the companies have health protection problems inside the plants. However, in all cases adequate countermeasures can be taken to protect their workers. In the revised Council Directive, it is stated that the competent authorities must lay down conditions for the safe disposal of radioactive substances. Recommendations and practical approaches are given which can be used to draw up the conditions. In general it is not necessary to prescribe for natural radioactivity the same stringent regulations as for anthropogenic radioactivity. In many cases a burial site under control may suffice. Some suggestions are given for further research.

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Authors: SCHOLTEN L C, KEMA, Arnhem (NL)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 16956 EN (1996) 85pp., FS, ECU 10
Availability: Available from the (2)
ISBN: ISBN 92-827-8288-3
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