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  • Research programme (EEC, Euratom) to be implemented by the Joint Research Centre - Management of nuclear materials and radioactive waste -, 1977-1979

Previous programme


Successor programme


Programme funding

EUR 21,06 million

Official Journal Reference

L 200 of 1977-08-08

Legislative Reference

77/488/EEC, Euratom of 1977-07-18
To contribute to research within the Community on the safe management of nuclear materials and radioactive waste; to evaluate the long term hazards of radioactive waste disposal; and to investigate the possibility of chemical separation and transmutation of the long half-life actinides present in the waste.


The programme was drawn up in accordance with the Council Resolution of 17 December 1970 concerning the procedures for adopting research and training programmes (Official Journal No L 16 of 20.1.1971). Initially adopted for a period of four years (1977- 1980), the programme was replaced by a new four year programme as of 1 January 1980 and unused funds were allocated to the new programme.

This programme on radioactive waste processing and storage was pursuant to the previous programme which had focused on the problems associated with actinides which were identified as being the cause of long term problems of management and disposal of wastes due to their very long half-life. The focus was maintained in this programme which developed a methodology for the long-term risk assessment of radioactive waste disposal in geological formations on land.

The JRC played the "Lead Organization" role in the international collaborative work on actinide separation and transmutation which was organized by the Nuclear Energy Agency of the OECD.


Three projects:

- Assessment of the long-term hazards of radioactive waste storage;

- Chemical separation and nuclear transmutation of actinides;

- Studies on reactor component decontamination.


The Commission, assisted by the board of governors of the Joint Research Centre (JRC), was responsible for the implementation of the programme by means of the services of the JRC.
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