Disposal - what?
Radioactive wastes are substances that – according to the latest technology - can no longer be used or may no longer be used due to political restrictions.
Most radioactive wastes arise from the use of nuclear energy.
Smaller volumes are produced in the areas of medicine, industry and research. Some countries also have considerable volumes of legacy wastes from the development and production of nuclear weapons.
Radioactive wastes and other contaminated materials are stored in interim storage facilities; the safe disposal of high-level waste is one of the urgent environmental and societal tasks facing mankind in the 21st century.