ASN rules on the reversibility of deep geological disposal of radioactive waste
In its opinion of 31st May 2016, the ASN Commission clarified its position on the technical implications of the notion of reversibility of the deep geological disposal of radioactive waste.
ASN considers that the principle of reversibility requires the adaptability of the installation during its operation (for example, adaptation to inventory changes resulting from changes in energy policy) and the retrievability of the packages, which can be removed from disposal for a given period of time in satisfactory conditions of safety and radiation protection.
The “Waste” Act of 28th June 20061 identified deep geological disposal of radioactive waste as the management solution for waste which cannot be disposed of on the surface or at shallow depth, for reasons of nuclear safety and radiation protection, and required that this disposal be reversible.
This notion of reversibility is the subject of a new Bill currently being debated in Parliament. ASN considers that this Bill must become law before Andra can submit a creation authorisation application for such a disposal facility.
To find out more:
Consult the PNGMDR section on sur www.asn.fr
Consult the opinions of the Autorité de Sûreté Nucléaire (ASN).
- ASN Opinion 2016-AV-0267 of 31st May 2016 on the reversibility of deep geological disposal of radioactive waste (in english)
- ASN Opinion 2015-AV-0227 of 10th February 2015 concerning the evaluation of the costs of the Cigeo deep geological disposal of radioactive waste project;
- ASN Opinion 2016-AV-0258 of 18th February 2016 on studies concerning the management of very low level waste (VLLW) and low and intermediate level, short-lived waste (LLW/ILW-SL);
- ASN Opinion 2016-AV-0259 of 25th February 2016 on studies concerning the management of high level waste and intermediate level, long-lived waste (HLW and ILW-LL);
- ASN Opinion 2016-AV-0264 of 29th March 2016 on the studies concerning the management of low-level, long-lived waste (LLW-LL)
1. 28th June 2006 Programme Act 2006-739 on the sustainable management of radioactive materials and waste