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Overview of the CEA French Research Program on Nuclear Waste

  • Etienne Y. Vernaz (a1) and Christophe Poinssot (a2)


This presentation gives an overview of the French major research program on nuclear waste and presents some perspectives in the context of the 2006 Act, while focusing on the main CEA contributions. Development of new conditioning processes combined with in-depth studies of the waste-packages long term behaviour studies allows enhancing the expected performance of waste-packages. Geological disposal performances have been demonstrated based in particular on the relevant understanding of the radionuclides chemistry and migration in complex environment, including tracing field-experiments in ANDRA underground research lab. French research and plans for waste from future reactors will be discussed. It is still a very prospective area as fuel materials that will be used in these reactors is not decided. The capacity to recycle most of the fuel component will be a major point in the choice of an integrated concept including reactor and fuel cycle.



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Overview of the CEA French Research Program on Nuclear Waste

  • Etienne Y. Vernaz (a1) and Christophe Poinssot (a2)


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