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Abstract

Two thousand years before Columbus, Heraclitus gave us a fair warning: He who does not expect the unexpected cannot detect it.

Keeping this in mind, we will address some challenges and questions related to advanced nuclear technologies. New safeguards issues arise in the context of waste management systems, alternative nuclear materials, advanced technologies, and in the verification of the fissile material cut-off treaty. The potential proliferation risks that might arise from the implementation of transmutation schemes have been highlighted already in the mid-nineties.

Consequently, partitioning and transmutation (P & T) scenarios need to be analysed to identify proliferation pathways, to select the most proliferation resistant option, and to implement the appropriate safeguards control mechanisms.

Additional information

Authors: MAYER K, JRC Institute for Transuranium Elements, Karlsruhe (DE);MAGILL J, JRC Institute for Transuranium Elements, Karlsruhe (DE);SCHENKEL.R, JRC Institute for Transuranium Elements, Karlsruhe (DE);BETTI M, JRC Institute for Transuranium Elements, Karlsruhe (DE)
Bibliographic Reference: An oral report given at: The 3rd Workshop pn Science and Modern Technology. Organised by: INMM/ESARDA. Held in: Tokyo (JP) 13-16 November 2000
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