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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Nuclear Waste Disposal

Babette Sievers

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 16 December 2019

Subject(s):
Regional co-operation — Transport — Marine environment, protection — Sustainable development — Ships / vessels — High seas — Continental shelf — Warfare, sea

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 The average annual global disposal rate for nuclear waste including spent fuel is estimated at about 2.8 million m³ per year. Even though the overwhelming part is low level, or even very low level nuclear waste, it indicates the necessity to establish international rules to govern all aspects of radioactive waste disposal in an appropriate manner. The development of the use of nuclear power is, under international law, still a fairly new topic and was at first celebrated, as the invention was considered to be a clean technology in the energy sector. However, the...
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