Preparations are in hand in several countries for
the disposal of highly radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel, and there
is a growing number of projects to decommission nuclear facilities such
as nuclear power plants. There is increasing interest among policy makers
and the general public in the future financing of these activities, notably
within the context of the current trend towards the privatisation of the
nuclear sector. The Nuclear Energy Agency, therefore, commissioned a study
to complement earlier work on the costs of nuclear electricity generation,
including waste management and disposal and decommissioning.
"Future Financial Liabilities
of Nuclear Activities" is the first comprehensive international review
of the policies and schemes in place in NEA Member countries for recognising,
reporting and funding financial liabilities arising from the operation
and decommissioning of nuclear facilities. The nuclear activities considered
include uranium mining and milling, fuel-cycle service supply, power generation,
reprocessing, waste management, research centres and isotope production.
The results, conclusions and recommendations
contained in this report will be useful to policy makers, notably from
governmental agencies and electricity utilities.
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FUTURE FINANCIAL LIABILITIES
OF NUCLEAR ACTIVITIES
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