World Nuclear News – US DOE changes waste interpretation

June 7, 2019 – The US Department of Energy (DOE) has published a new interpretation of high-level radioactive waste (HLW) in which reprocessing waste streams are defined by their radiological characteristics rather than solely on how they were made.

Up to now the DOE has managed nearly all reprocessing waste streams as HLW regardless of radioactivity in a one- size-fits-all approach. This, it says, has led to decades of delay, cost billions of dollars, and left the waste ‘trapped’ in DOE facilities in Idaho, South Carolina and Washington without a permanent disposal solution. Link to article

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