The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) supported a regional workshop on the management and safe disposal of radioactive waste for nuclear regulators in Tunis in March 2014. The week-long workshop provided lectures and a forum for discussion for 30 participants from 24 countries involved in the Arab Network of Nuclear Regulators (ANNuR) and the Forum of Nuclear Regulatory Bodies in Africa (FNRBA).
Russell Walke was one of two experts invited to give lectures and support exercise and discussion sessions covering a wide range of topics concerning the management and safe disposal of radioactive waste. Russell provided lectures on safety considerations concerning predisposal management and disposal of radioactive wastes associated with the operation and decommissioning of nuclear facilities. He also delivered lectures on topics relevant to countries without nuclear power programmes. These included the importance of safe management and disposal of disused sealed radioactive sources and on safety considerations associated with large volumes of relatively low activity waste arising from mining and industrial processes that are contaminated with naturally occurring radioactive material (NORM).