Ongoing waste is low-level radioactive waste (LLRW) that is generated from operational activities of producers who are currently in business. These producers, which include nuclear utilities and nuclear research facilities, are responsible for the management and disposal of their waste (which can include waste from the production and use of medical radioisotopes).
The federal government department, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), establishes national policy for radioactive waste management in Canada. In 1996, the federal government announced a comprehensive Radioactive Waste Policy Framework, which lays out the ground rules for radioactive waste management and disposal in Canada. The document states that producers and owners of radioactive waste are responsible for the funding, organization, management, and operation of disposal and other facilities for their waste.
The Low-Level Radioactive Waste Management Office (LLRWMO) contributes to development of best practices in the long-term management of ongoing LLRW in the following ways:
- Preparation of documents and reports on specific aspects of managing LLRW.
- Preparing technical, economic and environmental reports on LLRW management, to assist NRCan in meeting its national and international commitments.
- Representing Canada at scientific and technical meetings of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).