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The Optimized Risk Management of the Waste From TENORM and Nuclear Industries: How to Harmonize Risk From Various Sources

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Yoko Fujikawa

Kyoto University, Kumatori, Osaka, Japan

Michikuni Shimo

Fujita Health University, Toyoake, Aichi, Japan

Hironori Yonehara

National Instuitute of Radiological Sciences, Chiba, Chiba, Japan

Tadashi Tujimoto

Electron Science Institute, Osaka, Osaka, Japan

Paper No. ICEM2010-40184, pp. 497-502; 6 pages
  • ASME 2010 13th International Conference on Environmental Remediation and Radioactive Waste Management
  • ASME 2010 13th International Conference on Environmental Remediation and Radioactive Waste Management, Volume 1
  • Tsukuba, Japan, October 3–7, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: Nuclear Engineering Division and Environmental Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5452-5 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3888-4
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME


We compared the existing regulation on management of radioactive and non-radioactive wastes with the ideal legislation procedures for protection of environment. The comparison revealed the necessity of risk-based regulation, consideration for ethics and cost-effectiveness of the regulation, and optimal usage of regulation resources. In order to assess the cost-effectiveness of several different waste disposal options, the concept of disposal cost per unit radiotoxicity (mSv or m3 ) in waste (CPR hereafter) was introduced and calculated. The results revealed that current disposal option of high level radioactive waste (underground burial) was more cost-effective than that of TENORM and asbestos containing waste.

Copyright © 2010 by ASME



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