Developing a New National Programme and Implementation Plan for the Management and Disposal of Spent Fuel and Radioactive Wastes in Romania
Florin Tatar*, Alice Dima*, William Miller**, Florian Glodeanu***, and
* Agentia Nucleara si Pentru Deseuri Radioactive (ANDR), Bucharest, Romania
** Amec Foster Wheeler, Knutsford, UK
*** Amec Foster Wheeler, Bucharest, Romania
The European "Waste Directive" (2011/70/Euratom) required each Member State to report by August 2015 on their National Programme for management of spent fuel and radioactive wastes. In Romania, the Nuclear Agency (ANDR) was responsible for preparing the National Programme report, and this was done in a step-wise manner that involved the regulators and waste producers. The starting point for the process was an assessment of existing policy against the evolving situation in the nuclear sector in the country, most notably the decision to progress with the construction of two new CANDU reactors.
The final agreed National Programme report submitted to the European Commission describes the activities currently undertaken to manage spent fuel and radioactive wastes in Romania. The report also sets out, at a high-level, the additional activities that will need to be taken in the future (and an indicative timeline), including those steps that will be required to implement a new surface repository for short-lived wastes, and a geological repository for spent fuel and long-lived wastes.
Additional, on-going work is intended to lead to a revision of Government policy and the development of a more detailed implementation strategy, underpinned by a programme of R&D and robust financing plans.
WMS Journal Volume 2, Issue 2