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Nuclear science and technology, Thematic Network on the Role of Monitoring in a Phased Approach to Geological Disposal of Radioactive Waste, Final report

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Abstract

This Thematic Network on the role of monitoring in a phased approach to the geological disposal of radioactive waste has brought together expertise from twelve organisations in ten countries, from within the EU and Associated Countries, to achieve the following objectives:
- to improve both the understanding of the role of and the options for monitoring within a phased approach to the deep geological disposal of radioactive waste; and
- to identify how monitoring can contribute to decision making, operational and postclosure safety and confidence in our understanding of the repository development.
This report emphasises that there is already extensive experience of monitoring related to the field of radioactive waste disposal from site investigations, experiments in URLs and relevant experiences from operating other nuclear facilities. Relevant experience also comes from outside this field, for example, from the monitoring of large engineered structures, such as dams and underground openings, which has taken place over many decades.
In summary, technologies exist or are in development, which give good prospects for a level of monitoring that is appropriate for assisting in stepwise repository implementation. The extent of monitoring that it is either appropriate or useful to implement is, however, a sensitive question and depends on implementation strategies. Experience will continue to be gained, especially in those programmes that are approaching site investigations and the construction of repository-related structures - activities which will require the detailed specification of monitoring programmes.

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Record Number: 3991 / Last updated on: 2004-04-02
Category: PROJ
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