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Radioactive Waste Management

Law on Radioactive Waste Management

A new Korean Law on Radioactive Waste Management entered into force on 1 January 2009 (Code 9016). The aim of the act is to unify the plethora of radioactive waste laws and codes and to apply systematic and effective policies in this area.

The act consists of six chapters on general rules, policy making, the management of radioactive waste, co-operation in this field, the creation of funds for the financing of radioactive waste management projects and a final chapter with supplementary rules. Based on the act, on 2 January 2009, the Korean Radioactive Waste Management Corporation (KRMC) was established as an independent government agency for the safe and more efficient management of radioactive waste generated in Korea. It will be in charge of the construction and operation of a disposal facility for low-level and intermediate-level radioactive waste, the management of spent nuclear fuel and research-related activities.

Together with the act, the Presidential Ordinance of the Radioactive Waste Management Act entered into force (Order 21181, adopted on 24 December 2008) which prescribes the implementation of the act in more detail. Its main provisions deal with the delivery process and methods of radioactive waste management, the levying of costs as well as the management and operation of the radioactive waste management fund.

An unofficial translation of the 2009 Radioactive Waste Management Act is available here.

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Last updated: 11 May 2009