Glossar

 

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.  

 

"Thorough preparation for, and implementation of, waste disposal solutions begins with knowledge of waste origins, volumes and composition. For this reason, Nagra has developed a waste inventory and has assumed responsibility for maintaining and updating the information contained in it."

Harald Maxeiner, Head, Radioactive Materials Division