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The solid wastes generated from nuclear facilities, depending upon their radioactivity content are stored/disposed of in engineered structures such as stone lined trenches, reinforced concrete trenches and tile holes. These structures are designed on multi-barrier principle for ensuring effective containment of radioactivity.

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  • These structures are located within plant/facility premises in access-controlled areas.

  • The areas where the waste disposal structures are located are provided with bore-wells in a planned manner.

  • These bore wells are routinely monitored to confirm effective confinement of radioactivity present in the disposed waste.

  • The regular monitoring is done as per the requirements which are in line with the guidelines of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

  • The monitoring of various environmental matrices such as air, water, soil etc. , in and around the waste disposal facilities is carried out by independent Environmental Survey Laboratories (ESL) of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) which are stationed at all the nuclear sites.

  • This information was provided by the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space.

International Atomic Energy Agency

  • The International Atomic Energy Agency is an international organization that seeks to promote the peaceful use of nuclear energy, and to inhibit its use for any military purpose, including nuclear weapons. The IAEA was established as an autonomous organisation on 29 July 1957.

  • Headquarters: Vienna, Austria

  • Head: Yukiya Amano

  • Founded: 1957

  • Type of business: International organization

Bhabha Atomic Research Centre

  • The Bhabha Atomic Research Centre is India’s premier nuclear research facility headquartered in Trombay, Mumbai, Maharashtra. BARC is a multi-disciplinary research centre with extensive infrastructure for advanced research and development covering the entire spectrum of nuclear science, engineering and related areas.

  • Director: K. N. Vyas

  • Headquarters: Mumbai

  • Abbreviation: BARC

  • Founder: Homi J. Bhabha

  • Founded: 3 January 1954

  • Parent organisation: Department of Atomic Energy

- Published/Last Modified on: May 9, 2019

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