Question raised in Rajya Sabha on Dispoal of Atomic Wastes, 27/06/2019
Question raised in Rajya Sabha on Dispoal of Atomic Wastes, 27/06/2019. The wastes generated in solid, liquid and gaseous forms during the operation of nuclear power stations, including Kudankulam are of low & intermediate radioactivity level, which are managed at the site in dedicated waste management facilities. The wastes are appropriately treated, concentrated and subject to volume reduction. The concentrates are immobilized in inert materials like cement, bitumen, polymers etc. and stored in specially constructed structures located at the site under monitoring. The radioactivity level of the stored wastes reduces with time and by the end of the plant life, falls to a very low level. The treated liquids and gases are diluted and discharged under monitoring, ensuring that the discharges are well within the limits set by Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB). The waste management facility at Kudankulam site has been in operation since 2013.