Waste - Canadian Nuclear Association


The nuclear industry is fully accountable for all financial and custodial costs associated with its waste. Need Proof?

1) The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) conference on safety and waste management found that the safety of radioactive waste and spent fuel management relies on sound science and technology. (International Atomic Energy Agency.)

2) Gary Lanthrum, Principal Engineer at RAMTASC, indicates that risks from radiation are lower than other industrial risks due in part to stringent regulations placed on radioactive materials. (Outside.)

3) Global scientific consensus is that storing nuclear waste deep underground is the safest permanent method of separating waste from humans and the environment. (International Atomic Energy Agency.)

4) Canada’s Plan for the safe, long-term management of used nuclear fuel is fully funded by the owners of used nuclear fuel in Canada. (Nuclear Waste Management Organization.)

Our industry has spent decades studying underground waste storage solutions and developing technology to ensure ongoing safe practices in waste storage. Need Proof?

1) The consensus among scientists internationally is that burial in stable geological formations below 300 meters is the safest method of disposal in the long term. (New Scientist.)

2) All Canadian mines and mills consistently meet waste-management performance standards established by the independent federal regulator. (Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission.)

3) The final disposal for high-level radioactive waste should be geological disposal. (World Nuclear Association.)

4) The NWMO is actively implementing Canada’s plan for the safe, long-term management of used nuclear fuel which calls for the used fuel to be contained and isolated in a deep geological repository in an area with informed and willing hosts. (Nuclear Waste Management Organization)

Spent fuel is a natural resource with future applications for power generation. Need Proof?

1) Canada’s Plan for used nuclear fuel is designed to be responsive to potential technological or policy changes that may impact the volume or nature of used nuclear fuel in Canada. (Nuclear Waste Management Organization.)

2) Recycling used nuclear fuel could produce hundreds of years of carbon-free energy for a new class of reactors; “fast reactors” boast the ability to recycle used fuel. (Argonne National Laboratory.)

3) AREVA has a used fuel recycling facility in the Manche region of France. It is the leading industrial centre of its kind in the world. (Orano.)

4) In a Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) policy brief in 2013, there was renewed policymaker interest in advanced nuclear fuel-cycle technologies as these could reduce the volume and toxicity of the nuclear waste byproducts requiring disposal. (Nuclear Energy Institute.)