1 November 2010
This regional workshop is organised under the framework of the TC Project, RER/9/094, Upgrading National Capabilities in Controlling Public Exposure. A number of countries have been experiencing continual delays in developing waste disposal facilities, thus, waste has to be stored for longer periods. In addition, some countries are also increasingly considering extended storage as an alternative to disposal. The IAEA is very active in the area of predisposal management emphasising that indefinite storage is not a suitable option.
The purpose of this workshop is to ensure that operators and regulators of centralised radioactive waste management facilities gain fundamental knowledge and practical experience in the safety aspects of predisposal management of radioactive waste. Some of the key concepts throughout the workshop will be interdependence, role of characterisation, management system, waste management strategy, clearance and exemption, which will be reinforced through specific examples. The workshop will entail presentations and exchange of experience in regards to the application of the IAEA safety standards for management of radioactive waste. A specific emphasis is put on the idea of knowledge transfer and benchmarks from trained personnel.
The IAEA organises this workshop in cooperation with the Government of Germany through the Fortbildungszentrum für Technik und Umwelt (FTU, Centre for Advanced Technological and Environmental Training), Karlsruhe, Germany.