Nuclear Waste

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Holland

 


Operating Reactors: 1
Reactors in Construction: 1 (licensing procedure)
Reactors Being Decommissioned: 1


High Level Waste in Interim Storage Facilities:
561 t HM fuel elements + 30 m HLW

For Reprocessing:
400 t HM (France), no information available (GB)

Other Nuclear Waste:
10,765 m³ (+1,845 m³ depleted uranium dioxide) low and medium level waste is stored in interim storage facilities. Final disposal is envisioned in deep geological formations, but only after 100 years of interim disposal. There is no information available on the amount of very low level waste released as 'conventional waste'.


Waste Management Concept for High Level Waste:

Spent fuel elements are planned to be reprocessed abroad. The waste generated through reprocessing will be stored intermediately for 100 years. Final disposal will allow its retrieval.

Final Disposal Situation for High Level Waste:

So far in the Netherlands, there has been no search for a final disposal site. A research program has simply declared that enough salt and clay deposits exist for a final repository. A regional or international final repository is also being considered.



 

Problems:

With the reprocessing taking place in France, the increased radiation exposure for the workforce and for the general population, as well as the increased accident risk is transferred to another country. Interim disposal of radioactive waste for up to 100 years implies a high risk factor, as disposal over such a long period has yet to be tested.