The Regulatory Control of Radioactive Waste Management: Overview of 15 NEA Member Countries

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The NEA's Radioactive Waste Management Committee's (RWMC) Regulators’ Forum's (RWMC-RF) first major undertaking was to compile information about the regulatory control of radioactive waste management in NEA member countries, with emphasis on waste disposal. This report presents the initial results of that work. Information is given for 15 NEA member countries against a standard template designed by the RWMC RF to facilitate easy accessibility to specific aspects and comparison between different countries. It includes factual information about national policies for radioactive waste management, institutional frameworks, legislative and regulatory frameworks, available guidance, classification and sources of waste, the status of waste management, current issues and related R&D programmes. It should thus provide an important source of reference for all stakeholders intent on learning about international practices.