International there's a consensus that the high active waste has to be disposed in deep geological repository. After the reform of the site selection process it's still a long way from having a fully operational final repository in Germany. Currently there is no operational final repository for high active waste around the world. Presently the high active waste is stored regarding the concept of the dry interim storage. Thereby the waste is stored in special cast-iron casks for storage and transport of radioactive material. These casks are located in reinforced concrete buildings, the centralised and decentralised interim storage facilities. This storage is licensed for 40 years. After expiration of the licenses between 2034 and 2047 the high active waste shall disposed in a deep geological final repository in Germany. Due to several delays there won't be an operational available final repository when the licenses will expire. Therefore a new concept for the storage after the expirations has to be developed. Such a „Überbrückungslagerung” will be necessary for several decades up to more than a century regarding different prognoses. This article describes and discuss different solutions.
|Translated title of the contribution|
Disposal or radioactive waste – challenges and approaches
|Number of pages||7|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2017|