Nuclear Waste

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Spain

 


Operating Reactors: 8
Reactors in Construction: 0
Reactors Being Decommissioned: 2

 

High Level Waste in Interim Storage Facilities:
4,449 t HM fuel elements

For Reprocessing:
no data available (France, GB)

Other Nuclear Waste:
9,701 m³ low and medium level waste is stored in interim storage facilities (without counting interim storage facility in Córdoba) and 55,988 m³  in surface final disposal facilities. A final repository is operated for very low level waste. There is no data available on the amount. About 90 million t of waste containing uranium have been generated by uranium mining activities and are stored in-situ.


Waste Management Concept for High Level Waste:

Spent fuel elements are expected to be stored for around 60 years in a central interim storage facility. In the long run, final storage of high level waste is planned to take place in deep geological formations. Retrieval will be an option for a specific time period.

Final Disposal Situation for High Level Waste:

 Past research studies have investigated theexistence of geological formations in Spain, which are said to be more or less suitable for final disposal. Currently, clay and granite formations are being explored above ground in order to develop final disposal concepts for both types of rock. The decision about which site will be used for a final repository for high level and persistent medium level waste has been suspended. The slow international development has been given as a reason.



Problems:

As the decision on a final repository has been postponed, high level waste can only be stored intermediately above ground.