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Geological disposal of radioactive wastes produced by nuclear power - from concept to implementation, EUR 21224

Funded under: FP6-EURATOM


Geological disposal of radioactive wastes is based on the principle that the deep rock environment is stable and largely unaffected by environmental change for hundreds of thousands - even millions of years - times that are longer than those since the appearance of modern humans in Africa and their spread across the globe, during and after the last ice age. Materials that are carefully emplaced deep underground will be well isolated from people and the environment in which we live.
This document summarises and puts into context the achievements of the FP5 work and evaluates the scientific and technical status of geological disposal today. The European Union moved to enlargement in mid- 2004, with five more countries joining the nine that already require geological disposal facilities for nuclear power production wastes. The first European geological repositories, in Sweden and Finland, will be close to construction around 2010-2015 - making the European Union and the USA the most advanced programmes in the world. We conclude by looking forward to the support and integration work that will lead up to this point, in the Sixth Framework Programme (2004-2006).

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