The Environmental and Ethical Basis of Geological Disposal of Long-Lived Radioactive Wastes

Annex I

IAEA Safety Fundamentals: the Principles of Radioactive Waste Management (Extract from Safety Series no III-F - An IAEA publication within the RADWASS programme)



Fundamental Principles of Radioactive Waste Management


Principle 1    
Protection of Human Health
Radioactive waste shall be managed in such a way as to secure an acceptable level of protection for human health.
Principle 2     Protection of the environment
Radioactive waste shall be managed in such a way as to provide an acceptable level of protection of the environment.
Principle 3     Protection beyond national borders
Radioactive waste shall be managed in such a way as to assure that possible effects on human health and the environment beyond national borders will be taken into account.
Principle 4     Protection of future generations
Radioactive waste shall be managed in such a way that predicted impacts on the health of future generations will not be greater than relevant levels of impact that are acceptable today.
Principle 5     Burdens on future generations
Radioactive waste shall be managed in such a way that will not impose undue burdens on future generations.
Principle 6     National legal framework
Radioactive waste shall be managed within an appropriate national legal framework including clear allocation of responsibilities and provision for independent regulatory functions.
Principle 7     Control of radioactive waste generation
Generation of radioactive waste shall be kept to the minimum practicable.
Principle 8     Radioactive waste generation and management interdependencies
Interdependencies among all steps in radioactive waste generation and management shall be appropriately taken into account.
Principle 9     Safety of facilities
The safety of facilities for radioactive waste management shall be appropriately assured during their lifetime.


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Foreword

The Environmental and Ethical Basis of the Geological Disposal of Long-lived Radioactive Waste

Collective Opinion of the Radioactive Waste Management Committee

Ethical and Environmental Considerations in the Long-term Management of Radioactive Wastes

    Ethical and Environmental Background to the Management of Waste

The Radioactive Waste Management Responsibility

The Geological Disposal Strategy for Radioactive Waste

References

Annexes

I: IAEA Safety Fundamentals:
The Principles of Radioactive Waste Management

II: Executive Summary of the Previous International
Collective Opinion on Safety Assessments

III: List of Members of the Radioactive Waste Management Committee

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