Correct clearance of materials and release of sites
What effects does the revision of the European Basic Safety Standards on Radiation Protection have on the disposal of minor radioactive materials? And how are the international requirements implemented in other countries? These and other complex issues were discussed at the 10th International Symposium on Release of Radioactive Materials – Provisions for Clearance and Exemption. 140 representatives from 23 countries from industry, research, authorities and expert organizations used the three-day event in Berlin for intensive exchange.
The symposium provided an overview of the current situation of clearance of materials and release of sites from various countries around the world in four thematic blocks. Members of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), IAEA, OECD/NEA as well as authorities from Sweden, Belgium, Spain, Finland, Ukraine, South Africa, Hungary, Netherlands and Bosnia Herzegovina were represented.
The presentations showed how other countries deal with the situation of clearance of radioactive materials and release. In the discussions, solutions were discussed in detail and questioned. Challenges for future regulations and guidelines could be addressed to representatives of the international organisations.
The next national symposium will be in autumn 2019, the next international symposium in 2021.
Clearance is the most important driver for the planning of the disposal of radioactive waste. Without or insufficient clearance procedures the available capacity of a national disposal facility can rapidly run out.