The government plans to develop the “regulatory framework applicable to the management of very low level waste, in order to introduce a new possibility of targeted exemptions”. Clearly, it may soon be possible to revalue slightly radioactive metals, “after fusion and decontamination ” , while these were until now automatically considered as radioactive waste and treated as such. A first step towards the introduction of a “release threshold” for very low level radioactive waste, a long-standing demand from players in the nuclear industry? In addition, the government wants to pursue the project of a new centralized swimming pool for the storage of radioactive waste, which Reporterre had revealed that it could be built in the Belleville-sur-Loire nuclear power plant.
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