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Author National Research Council (U.S.). Committee on Improving Practices for Regulating and Managing Low-Activity Radioactive Waste.

Title Improving the regulation and management of low-activity radioactive wastes / Committee on Improving Practices for Regulating and Managing Low-Activity Radioactive Wastes, Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board, Division on Earth and Life Studies, National Research Council
Published Washington, D.C. : National Academies Press, ©2006


Description 1 online resource (1 volume)
Contents Cover -- List of Reviewers -- Preface -- Contents -- Overview -- Summary -- 1 Introduction -- Summary of the Interim Report -- Development of this Report -- 2 Current Initiatives for Improving Low-Activity Waste Regulation and Management -- Current U.S. Initiatives -- International Initiatives -- The Current U.S. Disposal Situation and Post-2008 Issues -- Conclusions -- 3 A Risk-Informed Approach to Low-Activity Waste Practices -- Risk and Risk Assessment -- Risk and Decision Making -- Risk Perception, Trust, and Stakeholders -- Attributes of a Risk-Informed LAW Regulation and Management System -- Conclusions -- 4 Implementing Risk-Informed Practices -- Implementing Risk-Informed Practices Through the Regulatory System -- Industry's Needs and Responsibilities for Implementing Risk-Informed LAW Practices -- Public Stakeholder Interactions in Implementing a Risk-Informed Decision-Making Process -- Conclusions -- 5 Findings and Recommendations -- References -- Appendixes -- A Interim Report -- B International Approaches for Management of Low-Activity Radioactive Waste -- C Presentations to the Committee -- D Committee Biographies
Summary Annotation. The largest volumes of radioactive wastes in the United States contain only small amounts of radioactive material. These low-activity radioactive wastes (LAW) should be regulated and managed according to the degree of risk they pose for treatment, storage, and disposal. Current regulations are based primarily on the type of industry that produced the waste-the waste's origin-rather than its risk. In this report a risk-informed approach for regulating and managing all types of LAW in the United States is proposed. Implemented in a gradual or stepwise fashion, this approach combines scientific risk assessment with public values and perceptions. It focuses on the hazardous properties of the waste in question and how they compare with other waste materials. The approach is based on established principles for risk-informed decision making, current risk-informed initiatives by waste regulators in the United States and abroad, solutions available under current regulatory authorities, and remedies through new legislation when necessary
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
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Subject Radioactive waste disposal -- United States
Radioactive wastes.
Low level radioactive waste disposal facilities -- United States
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING -- Environmental -- Waste Management.
Low level radioactive waste disposal facilities.
Radioactive waste disposal.
Radioactive wastes.
United States.
Form Electronic book
Author National Research Council (U.S.). Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board.
ISBN 0309658381