Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Does the information in the database for 'All waste in storage (m3)' include waste forms other than solid waste?
Yes, the data includes non-solid waste as well. Member States are able to report either differentiated or undifferentiated. Most choose not to report by "form", but the totals include all waste. They may also report whether waste is "processed" or "unprocessed" which (depending on Member State) generally refers to conditioning (i.e., preparation for disposal).
I know about a Site or Facility in a particular country, but I cannot find it in the Report. Why is that? Is it a mistake?
The information in the NEWMDB is based 100% on voluntary contributions from the IAEA Member States, and unfortunately, not all of them currently report. However, we are working to increase the completeness of the information. In addition, a Member State may not list all sites or facilities in their submission. This may be for historical reasons, or because the actual status of a particular site/facility is unclear, or in the view of the Member State, it is not licensed to be a radioactive waste management facility. Examples might include, former research centers, legacy disposal or storage facilities, or areas where radioactive waste was buried improperly, and must now be remediated. In some Member States' reguilatory frameworks, these types of facilities are not reportable, or do not represent a legitimate "facility", although they may certainly be managed in some way.
I'm looking for a country and cannot find it. Why is that?
Many countries are not found in the lists on the Reports, Profiles, or Data Centre tabs. There are two possibilities for this. The first is that not all countries are Member States of the IAEA. Non-Member States are not listed. The second possibility is that a particular country simply has not started to report their data to the IAEA. You can check which Member States have nominated a point of contact (Country Coordinator) and which ones have made submissions for a particular year (or all years) by checking the first two queries under Data Centre - Lists
Quoting NEWMDB Data and Reports
Are you using NEWMDB data or reports in published reports or papers and would like to know how to properly cite the database? The following format is based on the Chicago Manual of Style for bibliographical references. You can simply copy and paste the reference and fill in the necessary details, such as the access date:Simple Data Quotation
International Atomic Energy Agency. Net-Enabled Waste Management Database (NEWMDB). Version 3. (February 6, 2002), http://newmdb.iaea.org/Report Quotation
International Atomic Energy Agency. "Country Waste Profile for Argentina - 2006." The Net-Enabled Waste Management Database (NEWMDB). Version 3. (February 6, 2002), http://newmdb.iaea.org/