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Studies related to the safe management of radioactive waste in the European Communities

The European Commission, DG XI, has published a call for tender for the completion of studies related to the safe management of radioactive waste in the European Union. The studies are part of the Community strategy for safety and environmental protection. The objective is to...

The European Commission, DG XI, has published a call for tender for the completion of studies related to the safe management of radioactive waste in the European Union. The studies are part of the Community strategy for safety and environmental protection. The objective is to achieve harmonization at Community level, where practicable, of radioactive waste management practices in order to achieve an equivalent level of safety throughout the Community. This action is in line with the Council Resolution of 18 June 1992 on the technological problems of nuclear safety (92/C172/02) and the Council Resolution of 19. 12. 1994 on radioactive waste management (94/C379/01). The study contracts to be concluded will focus on the following key issues: - Ref: XI/C-3/1199. Assessment of the consequences of the presence of toxic elements in some common radioactive waste streams (calculations for particular radioactive wastes such as decommissioning steels, evaporator concentrates, fuel flasks and waste containing organic pollutants); - Ref: XI/C-3/1200. Waste minimization for common household or industrial goods whose function relies upon small integral radioactive sources but for which there is no regulatory control after manufacture, such as smoke-detectors, calibration sources, etc.; - Ref: XI/C-3/1201. Recycling and reuse of radioactive material in the controlled nuclear sector (possibilities of recycling for low-level radioactive waste from repair and decommissioning of nuclear installations, including radiation exposures and costs); - Ref: XI/C-3/1202. Schemes for financing radioactive waste storage and disposal (study of currently applied financing schemes in nuclear and other industrial activities and development of financing schemes for waste from small and large producers, taking into account incentives for waste reduction by pricing, and uncertainties for long interim storage). Requests for tender documentation should be sent, in writing, to: European Commission DG XI Environment, Nuclear Safety and Civil Protection Mr B. Sinnott 200 rue de la Loi (BU5 3/170) B-1049 Brussels Fax +32-2-2994449