Scientific forum of the IAEA - Radioactive waste
When: from Tuesday, 23 September, 10:00 a.m. to Wednesday, 25 September, 4:00 p.m.
Where: Board room D, M building.
With: Mr Gerald Ouzounian, International Director, ANDRA on Tuesday at 10:00 a.m., and Mr Christophe Behar, Director of Nuclear Energy Division, Commissariat Energie Atomique (CEA), on Wednesday at 2:00 p.m.
This year the Scientific Forum will focus on radioactive waste and the science and technology available for its safe management. The Forum is being held in conjunction with the General Conference.
Session 1 will briefly describe the peaceful use of nuclear technologies, the radioactive waste that is generated and the organization of such wastes according to different classes. It will emphasize that managing such waste requires an integrated approach from generation to disposal, as well as appropriate funding. Safety, security and safeguards aspects must be considered during this journey.
Session 2 will highlight the steps required to manage radioactive waste before its disposal. The focus will be on technologies and applications used to characterize and treat waste, and conditioning processes used to convert it into a form suitable for storage, transport and, ultimately, disposal. Session 2 will also describe available storage options and technologies, and will discuss the safety aspects related to the pre-disposal management of radioactive waste.
Session 3 will illustrate disposal solutions for radioactive waste that must remain under regulatory control. Concepts for disposal being implemented or developed around the world will be outlined and the safety of disposal will be addressed. In particular, some of the scientific and technological developments that provide confidence in the feasibility and safety of deep geological disposal of high level radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel will be described.
Session 4 will focus on how evolving nuclear technologies, such as better use of nuclear fuel, innovative fuels, and advanced reactors and fuel cycles, could affect future waste management.