Need for Greater Regulatory Oversight of Commercial Low-Level Radioactive Waste

EMD-78-101: Published: Aug 16, 1978. Publicly Released: Aug 16, 1978.

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Nuclear power plant operations generate the greatest volume of low-level radioactive wastes. Because of a lack of adequate burial space on the east coast, there is a need for federal policy to encourage utilities to reduce waste volumes. Waste-treatment systems installed in nuclear power plants to handle low-level wastes have experienced operational difficulties resulting in increasing the potential for unnecessary exposures to nuclear power plant workers and unplanned releases to the environment.

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