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Radioactive metals disposal and recycling impact modelling

Kemp, N. W. and Lunn, R. J. and Belton, V. and Kockar, I. (2014) Radioactive metals disposal and recycling impact modelling. In: Transactions of the European Nuclear Society Conference. European Nuclear Society, Belgium, pp. 519-528. ISBN ISBN 978-92-95064-21-8

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Abstract

Screening life cycle assessment models developed to investigate hypothetical disposal and recycling options for the Windscale Advanced Gas-cooled Reactor heat exchangers were used to generate more complex models addressing the main UK radioactive metals inventory. Both studies show there are significant environmental advantages in the metals recycling promoted by the current low level waste disposal policies, strategies and plans. Financial benefits from current metals treatment options are supported and offer even greater benefits when applied to the UK radioactive metals inventory as a whole.