The current NDA baseline plan for reactor decommissioning waste in the UK is to package the waste in to approved containers pending geological disposal. This is the latest report on options for waste graphite.
The waste arising from reactor decommissioning currently accounts for 35% by volume of the total waste destined for geological disposal in the UK. The majority of this waste (approximately 30% by volume of the UK total) is graphite from reactor cores.
Strategy scope and boundaries
The NDA Strategy published in March 2006 and the current NDA business plan both made a commitment to explore management and treatment options for reactor graphite waste. CoRWM’s recommendation on reactor decommissioning wastes in 2006 and Government’s response also recognised the need to examine alternative solutions for all wastes arising from reactor decommissioning.
You can read the report here.