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This is the final report on a study carried out to evaluate possible ways to establish criteria for radioactive waste classification and categorization, and to propose one or more possible schemes for categorization of wastes based on radioactive risk and the storage and disposal route. To do this, the radiological impact of combinations of wastes and waste forms allocated to different storage and disposal methods were explored. Comparison of these impacts with risk criteria, together with other considerations such as heat generation, were used to allocate wastes to appropriate storage and disposal methods, thereby classifying them. The main outcome is that it is possible to categorize waste to a particular type of facility using a new method of estimating risk from information about the radionuclide content of the waste, waste form, packaging and time factors using a multientry decision system based on dose modifying factors.

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Authors: PENFOLD J S S, National Radiological Protection Board, Didcot (GB);HARVEY M P, National Radiological Protection Board, Didcot (GB);BARRACLOUGH I M, National Radiological Protection Board, Didcot (GB);MOBBS S F, National Radiological Protection Board, Didcot (GB)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 17240 EN (1996) 128pp., FS, ECU 21.50
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ISBN: ISBN 92-827-9097-5
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