Issues Affecting the Assessment of Impacts of Disposal of Radioactive and Hazardous Waste presented at “Regulatory Supervision of Legacy Sites: the Process from Recognition to Resolution” Workshop

From 21st to 23rd November 2017, James Wilson attended an international workshop hosted by Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority (NRPA) in Lillehammer entitled: “Regulatory Supervision of Legacy Sites: The Process from Recognition to Resolution”.

The workshop was hosted by the NRPA and co-organised by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) and Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA). The scope of the workshop included a range of issues linked to regulatory supervision including: raising the awareness of the legacies; recognising the linked hazards and risks; communication to the public and between authorities; and plans for future environmental monitoring and land use.

The material presented in the workshop, including background information of the event, conclusions and recommendations, will be published in a report. The idea is to promote a common understanding and help in interpretation and implementation of international recommendations through the dissemination of the workshop’s results.

James presented the key outputs from a recent BIOPROTA project which looked at the assessment of radiological and non-radiological risks associated with radioactive wastes. This work provided a review of state-of-the-art approaches to assessing hazardous (non-radiological) substances, highlighted differences between assessing radiological and non-radiological contaminants, and suggested topics for further work to optimise the assessment and management of sites with mixed radiological and non-radiological hazards.