Ideas on the treatment and disposal of radioactive wastes.


In Japan, the level of aggregate capacity of nuclear power generation is expected to reach 51,000 - 53,000 MW in 1990, 3.5 times as much as the current 15,000 MW. Nuclear power is now 13% of the total power generation, and its radioactive wastes in drums have been piled up in power station sites. With the operation of the fuel reprocessing plant in Power Reactor and Nuclear Fuel Development Corporation, high-level radioactive wastes are now accumulating. With emphasis on the management of such high-level wastes, it is considered what ideas are feasible and if the acceptance by people is possible, as follows: the features of high-level wastes and disposal scheme, energy option space scenario, the responsible parties, public acceptance on location problem, the third party liability, financing problem, international cooperation, etc. (J.P.N.). Wakabayashi,-Hiroaki (Tokyo Univ., Tokai, Ibaraki (Japan). Nuclear Engineering Research Lab.)