Higher Activity Waste. Reactor Decommissioning Update. Summary of Options for Graphite. NDA, February 2011. Decommissioning of the UK reactor fleet will generate substantial amounts of radioactive waste. A significant proportion of these “reactor decommissioning wastes” will be graphite, other waste includes metals and concrete. The graphite waste represents approximately 30% of the UK volumetric inventory of Intermediate Level Waste (ILW), Following a recommendation by the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management the NDA is reviewing whether a safety case could be made for non-geological disposal of reactor decommissioning wastes, including on-site, or near-site, disposal in order to minimise transport.
For further information on graphite waste see NWAA’s submission to the Scottish Highly Active Waste Policy consultation.