Management of Spent Nuclear Fuel
In June 2014, the IAEA helped Montenegro to prepare over 90 radioactive sources for safe and secure storage. These sealed sources were contained in devices that were used primarily for lightning rods. This mission was conducted under the IAEA Technical Cooperation project Strengthening Cradle-to-Grave Control of Radioactive Sources in the Mediterranean Region (INT/9/176). IAEA Radioactive Waste Technology expert, Janos Balla, led the mission, 9 September 2014.
Gary Dyck, IAEA Department of Nuclear Energy, explains basic facts about spent nuclear fuel - how they are generated, volumes produced and Agency activities in support of efforts to ensure safety and sustainability throughout the entire nuclear fuel cycle, 9 October 2013.
It is a widely held public misconception that disposal of radioactive waste is an unsolvable problem. Irena Mele, IAEA Department of Nuclear Energy, dispels this mistaken notion, clarifying existing solutions and describing IAEA activities to assist Member States in this area, 9 October 2013.
Magnus Vesterlind, Head, IAEA Waste and Environmental Section, discusses challenges facing countries in safe management and disposal of spent fuel and radioactive waste, 14 August 2012.
Conditioning Disused Radioactive Sources
Lightning rods are used to protect buildings from lightning strikes. In the past, such rods were manufactured to include a radioactive source. Now the IAEA is helping Montenegro to remove these sources and manage them safely, 5 September 2014.