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The EKRA Studies and the Formulation of the Swiss "Long-term Monitored Geological Disposal" Concept

ContributorsWildi, Walter
Presented at Reims (France), 14-17 December 2012
PublisherIssy les Moulineaux : OECD - NEA
  • Radioactive Waste management; 2012
Publication date2012

The EKRA Studies and the Formulation of the Swiss "Long term geological disposal" concept Reversibility of radioactive waste disposal was a demand of large parts of Swiss society in the 1990s. • A concept was developed by an interdisciplinary expert group, and introduced into the Swiss Law on Nuclear Energy in 2003, combining the safety requirements of finaldisposal, and the possibility of reversibility over the long term. • Key elements of reversibility are an appropriate layout of the repository and long-term monitoring of both the repository and the environment in a way that the decision of either sealing of the main repository or retrieval of waste is open to a future generation. • To be implemented, this concept needs a permanent public dialog on nuclear waste disposal and appropriate mechanisms of public involvement. Conservation of know-how has to be guaranteed by an open research and education programme.

  • Nuclear waste disposal
  • Retrievability
  • EKRA
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WILDI, Walter. The EKRA Studies and the Formulation of the Swiss ‘Long-term Monitored Geological Disposal’ Concept. In: Reversibility and retrivability in planning for geological disposal of radioactive Waste. Proceedings of the R&R international conference and dialogue. Reims (France). Issy les Moulineaux : OECD - NEA, 2012. p. 79–82. (Radioactive Waste management)
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