Where is the radioactive waste now?
Radioactive waste is presently
stored at Pelindaba in various locations on the site.
The waste occurs in the form of low and intermediate level waste (LILW). Some of the waste is short-lived waste and the rest
long-lived waste. All surface
stored radioactive waste at Pelindaba will be moved to a centralised storage
facility on site called the Pelstore, situated in the disused enrichment plant building.
Spent fuel from the Safari reactor
is presently stored in the Pipestore facility at Pelindaba.
Radioactive waste produced in the Hot Cell Complex and Isotope production
centre will also be stored in the Pipestore.
Historical waste, consisting of
combinations of low and intermediate level waste as well as spent radiation
sources are presently stored in covered earthen trenches at Thabana on the
Pelindaba site. The future of the
Thabana storage site still needs to be clarified, inasmuch as it must be decided
whether to leave Thabana in its present state or whether to excavate and fully
remediate the site.
Koeberg spent fuel is presently stored in the reactor pools.
These pools have been recently further re-racked in order to facilitate
lifetime storage of spent fuel. Koeberg spent fuel should not be regarded as
waste until it has been specifically declared to be the case.
Koeberg operational waste (low and intermediate level waste) is
temporally stored at Koeberg before being transferred to Vaalputs for final
and Process Industry
Various quantities of NORM waste are stored in
different locations in the mining and minerals industry.
Other Generators' Waste