Nuclear Waste Characteristics



Among the potential liabilities of nuclear power, nuclear waste is at the center of a great part of the public and policy discussions. Although political, social, economic and even ethical issues are important parts of those discussions, there exist physical and biological bases upon which much of these discussions depend. To insure that the discussions will lead to proper decisions, it is crucial that the characteristics of nuclear waste be measured and reported in a way that both accurately reflects physical reality and also is relevant to human concerns. It is incumbent upon the technical community to help develop and deploy indices for this task and to resist the use of indices that tend to distort the true physical character of the wastes. It is only through properly and carefully constructed indices of physical conditions that informed policy is served in arenas where technical factors have such an important role.


Nuclear Waste Disposal Site Fuel Cycle Spend Fuel Maximum Permissible Concentration 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Resource Systems InstituteEast-West CenterHonoluluUSA

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