Article 19 of the Joint Convention on the safety of spent fuel management and the safety of radioactive waste management requires the legislative and regulatory framework (of a country) should provide for ‘a clear allocation of responsibilities of the bodies involved in the different steps of spent fuel and of radioactive waste management’.

This workshop will consider the various organisations involved in a nuclear power programme and their interrelationships, and look at various national examples. It will in particular consider the roles and responsibilities of waste management organisations (WMOs).

The learning objectives of this workshop are to gain an appreciation of the roles and responsibilities of a WMO, and the need for a separate WMO. The relationships with the regulators and waste producers will also be examined.

Agenda

The course covers

Introduction

  • International legislative and regulatory obligations for the safety of spent fuel and radioactive waste management

Organisational aspects

  • Organisations involved:
    • Waste producers
    • Regulators
    • Waste management
    • National examples

Waste Producers

  • Types of waste producer

Regulators

  • Nuclear regulators
  • Environmental regulators
  • Others

Creating a WMO

  • What needs to be considered
  • Overall responsibilities
  • Relationship with waste producers
  • Relationship with regulators
  • Financing the WMO

WMO responsibilities and repository development

  • Near surface repositories for lower activity wastes
  • Deep geological repositories for higher activity wastes
  • Inventory development
  • Waste acceptance criteria

Course review and general discussion

Who would benefit from attending the workshop?

The training is designed for civil-servants, regulators, executives and managers within nuclear operators, government, NEPIOs and regulatory bodies in countries considering or are in the early stages of establishing nuclear energy as a component of their national energy strategy.

Lead Trainer: John Mathieson

John has over 45 years’ experience in the nuclear industry, primarily involving the areas of radioactive waste management and decommissioning. John worked with the International Atomic Energy Agency and the European Commission, participating in expert missions, technical meetings and working groups. He has worked on projects assisting many overseas governments to develop financing, decommissioning and radioactive waste management strategies and infrastructures.

He is a Member of the Society for Radiological Protection and is a Board Director and Secretary of Waste Management Symposia Inc. which runs the annual Waste Management conference in Phoenix, USA.

How is the workshop delivered?

The workshop is delivered in a ‘classroom’ environment at the client’s site. The agenda and structure of the workshops will be tailored as appropriate to specific requirements of the client utilising IAEA and NEA guidance, and international best practice.

The normal duration of the training is one day, but this may be subject to change depending upon the client’s requirements. The specific scheduling, training delivery, and facilitation arrangements will be incorporated into the tailored programme development to ensure effective and timely delivery of the training.

If you would like to discuss the training options and your specific requirements, please contact Ben Robinson at [email protected] or +44 7869 307437

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