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[cdn-nucl-l] Radwaste storage capacities at Russia's NPPs
ITAR-TASS informed (http://www.itar-tass.com/)
Rosenergoatom experts estimate radwaste storage capacities at NPPs will last
for 5-7 years
Radwaste storage facilities at Russian NPPs are averagely 70% full.
Should this accumulation dynamics continue, they last only for 5 to 7 years.
This information, as ITAR-TASS reports, was announced by Sergey Nemytov, the
Head of Department for Scientific and Technical Support of Rosenergoatom
Concern, while he was presenting to the conference “Nuclear Power
Development Prospects on Terms of Safety Assurance” held April 9 in the
framework of the international forum “Fuel and Energy Complex: Regional
Aspects” in St. Petersburg.
According to S. Nemytov, large amounts of radwaste accumulated at the
Russian NPPs are due to the concept developed back in 1960s. The idea behind
was to prevent propagation of radionuclides off-site.
Reprocessed concentrates, ion exchange resins, and solid radwaste were sent
to liquid or solid radwaste storages at nuclear plants.
Rosenergoatom has come up with a new radwaste management process designed to
minimize radwaste generation during operation, clean-up waste while
extracting the “clean” constituent and taking it out of the waste management
cycle, condition radwaste and place them into special containers.