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Thematic network on the role of monitoring in a phased approach to disposal

Objective

The scope of work will cover potential monitoring requirements during all stages of disposal system development.

It will consider a broad range of potential monitoring requirements including, but not limited to, monitoring for the following reasons:
(i) Establishment of baseline conditions.
(ii) System of performance at the time of monitoring.
(iii) Provision of data to be used in evaluations/assessments of repository performance.
(iv) Monitoring in the broad sense e.g. developments in relevant areas of science.

It is proposed that the project is divided into four work packages.
.The first work package would be information gathering and improving the definition of work to be carried out in subsequent work packages.
.The second work package would be to describe what parameters might require monitoring and the reasons for that monitoring.
.The third work package would address techniques and strategies for monitoring.
.The fourth work package would be to compile a final report of the project.

Many countries are now considering a phased approach to disposal of radioactive waste, whereby disposal would be implemented by a series of reversible steps. At each stage in the process, information from monitoring will be required as inputs to the decision-making process. A recent EC Concerted Action on Retrievability concluded that in most EC countries monitoring programmes are in an early stage of development.

This thematic network will bring together expertise from many countries in order to achieve the following objectives:
- To improve the understanding of the role of and options for monitoring within a phased approach to disposal.
- To identify how monitoring can contribute to decision-making, operational and post-closure safety and confidence in safety.

A project inception report describing the scope of work in more detail will be developed 6 months after the start of the contract. A final report will be produced at the end of the project. The final report will provide an authoritative basis for the development of national repository monitoring programmes.

1.To improve the understanding of the role of and options for monitoring within a phased approach to disposal.
2.To identify how monitoring can contribute to decision-making, operational and post-closure safety and confidence in safety.

Funding Scheme

THN - Thematic network contracts

Coordinator

UNITED KINGDOM NIREX LTD
Address
Curie Avenue
OX11 0RH Didcot,harwell,chilton
United Kingdom

Participants (11)

BELGIAN NUCLEAR RESEARCH CENTRE
Belgium
Address
200,Boeretang 200
2400 Mol
DEUTSCHE GESELLSCHAFT ZUM BAU UND BETRIEB VON ENDLAGERN FUER ABFALLSTOFFE MBH
Germany
Address
Eschenstrasse 55
31201 Peine
EMPRESA NACIONAL DE RESIDUOS RADIOACTIVOS S.A.
Spain
Address
Emilio Vargas 7
28043 Madrid
NATIONAL AGENCY FOR RADIOACTIVE WASTE AND ENRICHED FISSILE MATERIALS
Belgium
Address
Avenue Des Arts 14
1210 Bruxelles
NATIONAL COOPERATIVE FOR THE DISPOSAL OF RADIOACTIVE WASTE
Switzerland
Address
Hardstrasse 73
5430 Wettingen
NATIONAL RADIOACTIVE WASTE MANAGEMENT AGENCY OF FRANCE
France
Address
Rue Jean Monnet 1-7
92298 Chatenay Malabry
NUCLEAR RESEARCH AND CONSULTANCY GROUP
Netherlands
Address
Utrechtseweg 310
Arnhem
POSIVA OY
Finland
Address
Töölönkatu 4
00100 Helsinki
SAFETY ASSESSMENT MANAGEMENT LTD
United Kingdom
Address
Boston House, Boston Road 2A
RG9 1DY Henley-on-thames
SPRAVA ULOZIST RADIOAKTIVNICH ODPADU
Czechia
Address
Dlazdena 6
110 00 Praha 1
SVENSK KAERNBRAENSLEHANTERING AB
Sweden
Address
Brahegatan 47
5864 Stockholm