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Prioritization of Remedial Actions for Radioactive Waste Burials in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

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Ian Crossland

Crossland Consulting Ltd., Nympsfield, Glos., UK

Paper No. ICEM2013-96355, pp. V002T04A025; 5 pages
  • ASME 2013 15th International Conference on Environmental Remediation and Radioactive Waste Management
  • Volume 2: Facility Decontamination and Decommissioning; Environmental Remediation; Environmental Management/Public Involvement/Crosscutting Issues/Global Partnering
  • Brussels, Belgium, September 8–12, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: Nuclear Engineering Division, Environmental Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5602-4
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME


Large volumes of radioactive waste were urgently buried in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone (ChEZ) in the aftermath of the 1986 accident. Twenty-six years later, decisions must be taken about whether and how to remediate these sites. An attempt to resolve two key issues is described here:

1. How to assess the hazards posed by these facilities, recognizing that, for the foreseeable future, the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone will remain under institutional control? and

2. What standards to apply in deciding the extent of remediation?

This paper presents an examination of the issues and proposes a simple decision-making process.

Copyright © 2013 by ASME



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