Radioactive Waste and Spent Fuel Management

31 May 2010 IAEA News.  Radioactive waste and spent fuel are side products in nuclear energy production and other nuclear applications in medicine, industry and research.

The quantities of radioactive waste and spent fuel produced historically are small if compared to other conventional energy sources of similar capacity. Nevertheless, their management is demanding because of radioactivity and its possible harmful effect on people and the environment.

As such, radioactive waste and spent fuel require specific approach, treatment and handling.
The IAEA promotes a global safety regime and the application of safety and security standards and best practices in dealing with radioactive waste and spent fuel in all member states.

To address these issues, more than 200 experts from over 40 countries will meet next week in Vienna. The International Conference on Management of Spent Fuel from Nuclear Power Reactors will be held in Vienna from 31 May to 4 June 2010.