Radioactive Waste Management and Contaminated Site Clean-Up

Processes, Technologies and International Experience

Edited by

  • William Lee, Immobilisation Science Laboratory, University of Sheffield, UK.
  • Michael Ojovan, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Sheffield, UK
  • Carol Jantzen, Savannah River National Laboratory, USA

Radioactive waste management and contaminated site clean-up reviews radioactive waste management processes, technologies, and international experiences. Part one explores the fundamentals of radioactive waste including sources, characterisation, and processing strategies. International safety standards, risk assessment of radioactive wastes and remediation of contaminated sites and irradiated nuclear fuel management are also reviewed. Part two highlights the current international situation across Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America. The experience in Japan, with a specific chapter on Fukushima, is also covered. Finally, part three explores the clean-up of sites contaminated by weapons programmes including the USA and former USSR.

Radioactive waste management and contaminated site clean-up is a comprehensive resource for professionals, researchers, scientists and academics in radioactive waste management, governmental and other regulatory bodies and the nuclear power industry.
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Nuclear and radioactive waste management professionals; Nuclear power operators; Govermental and regulatory bodies in radioactive waste management and cleanup


Book information

  • Published: October 2013
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-0-85709-435-3


As the need for energy grows worldwide, nuclear energy must be considered one of the options. However, the disposal of radioactive wastes and how to clean up the contaminated sites are major deterrents. This book presents an objective view of the background and principles of management. Perhaps more importantly, it presents the conditions in the most affected countries by experts from these countries. It is a must read for anyone interested in radioactive waste problems., Frank L. Parker, Professor Emeritus, Vanderbilt University, USA

Table of Contents

Part 1 Background and principles of radioactive waste (RAW) management: Fundamentals of radioactive waste (RAW): Science, sources, classification and management strategies; Radioactive waste (RAW) categories, characterisation and processing route selection; International safety standards for radioactive waste (RAW) management and remediation of contaminated sites; Technical solutions for the management of radioactive waste (RAW): Overview and methods of selection; Irradiated nuclear fuel management: Resource versus waste; Radioactive waste (RAW) conditioning, immobilisation and encapsulation processes and technologies: Overview and advances; Assessing and modelling the performance of nuclear waste and associated packages for long term management; Remediation of radioactively contaminated sites and management of the resulting waste; Safety and risk assessment of radioactive wastes and contaminated sites. Part 2 Current international situation: Experience of radioactive waste (RAW) management and contaminated site clean-up; Russia; Ukraine; Czech Republic, Slovak Republic and Poland; Nordic countries; Germany; France; England and Wales; Scotland; United States; Canada; South Africa; Republic of Korea; China; Japan; Fukushima: The current situation and future plans. Part 3 Clean-up of sites contaminated by weapons programmes: Management of radioactive waste (RAW) from nuclear weapons programmes; Modeling and strategy approaches for assessing radionuclide contamination from underground testing of nuclear weapons in Nevada, USA; Remote monitoring of former underground nuclear explosion sites predominantly in the former USSR.