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   Introduction

(Note: the following information was provided by the Country Coordinator for Ireland)


Ireland has no nuclear power reactors or research reactors and no uranium mining or fuel fabrication facilities. The generation of radioactive waste is therefore on a very small scale when compared with countries which have or had such facilities, being limited to radioactive waste arising from the use of radioactive materials in medicine, industry and research/teaching.

Sealed Radioactive sources are licensed by the regulator, the Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland, on the understanding that they will be returned to the supplier when no longer required. Unsealed radioactive waste must be held in storage until the radioactive content decays to below values where disposal is permitted. Normally radioactive waste is stored on the premises where the practice, which generated it, is located. There is no central radioactive waste repository in Ireland.

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  Regulators

*) Volume "as dispo" is an estimate of the final disposal gross volume of waste currently in interim storage. Note that if volume "as dispo" is not provided, it's assumed to be the same "as is".