Waste

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. (“How Safe is Nuclear Waste?” 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. (“The Long Term Storage of Radioactive Waste: Safety and Sustainability”, International Atomic Energy Agency.)

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. (“Secret nuclear waste disposal sites revealed”, New Scientist.)

2) All Canadian mines and mills consistently meet waste-management performance standards established by the independent federal regulator. (“Management of Uranium Mine Waste Rock and Mill Tailings”, Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission.)

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

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

1) 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. (“Nuclear fuel recycling could offer plentiful energy”, Argonne National Laboratory.)

2) 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. (AREVA.)

3) 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.)