Ongoing waste is low-level radioactive waste that is produced from operational activities of generators who are currently in business. These generators, which include nuclear utilities, nuclear research facilities, and the producers and users of medical radioisotopes, are responsible for the management and disposal of their
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 disposal in Canada. It states that the producers and owners of radioactive waste are responsible for the funding, organization, management and operation of disposal and other facilities required for their wastes.
The LLRWMO contributes to developments toward the long-term management of ongoing waste in the following ways:
- preparation of documents and reports on specific aspects of managing radioactive waste;
- preparing technical, economic and environmental reports on low-level radioactive waste management to assist NRCan in meeting its national and international commitments; and
- representing NRCan at scientific and technical meetings of the International Atomic Energy Agency and the Nuclear Energy Agency of the
Inventory of Radioactive Waste
The LLRWMO prepares reports on the inventory of radioactive waste in Canada, and assesses the requirements for services and facilities for the disposal of low-level radioactive waste. In
2009, a report was issued on the inventory of all types of radioactive waste in Canada (i.e., nuclear fuel waste, low-level radioactive waste, and uranium mining and milling waste).