Radioactive waste management

​​​​Radioactive waste resulting both from previous plant operations, and from decommissioning activities, is stored in the interim storage facilities of the site. Upon completion of the gradual transfer of the waste to National Repository, all interim facilities will be demolished.

At the end of 2020, the volume of (solid and liquid) radioactive waste, classified according to the Decree of 7 August 2015, and located in the plant of Rotondella, amounts to 3,525 cubic metres. The volume can vary based on the year, the continuation of safe maintenance and decommissioning activities and the conditioning techniques for previous waste.

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Amount (in cubic metres) of radioactive waste, divided by type, located in Rotondella plant on 31/12/2020

TYPE OF WASTE

Short-lived substances Very Low-Level Waste Low Level Waste Intermediate Level Waste High Level Waste

0 2,657 674 194 0
TOTAL 3,525

​​The site is supplied with interim storage facilities for waste storage.

Interim storage facility 9.1

  • Maximum storage capacity: 2.100 cubic metres of radioactive waste
  • Amount of stored waste: 142 cubic metres
  • Type of stored waste: Very Low-Level Waste (114 cubic metres) and Low Level Waste (28 cubic metres)
Interim storage facility 9.2
  • Maximum storage capacity: 2.100 cubic metres of radioactive waste
  • Amount of stored waste: 395 cubic metres
  • Type of stored waste: Very Low-Level Waste
Interim storage facility 9.3
  • Maximum storage capacity: 811 cubic metres of radioactive waste
  • Amount of stored waste: 163 cubic metres
  • Type of stored waste: Intermediate Level Waste
Interim storage facility 9.4
  • Maximum storage capacity: 2.400 cubic metres of radioactive waste
  • Amount of stored waste: 416 cubic metres
  • Type of stored waste: Very Low-Level Waste (390 cubic metres) and Low Level Waste (26 cubic metres)
Interim storage facility 9.5
  • Maximum storage capacity: 2.400 cubic metres of radioactive waste
  • Amount of stored waste: 280 cubic metres
  • Type of stored waste: Very Low-Level Waste (65 cubic metres) and Low Level Waste (215 cubic metres)

TMT

  • Maximum storage capacity: 1.600 cubic metres of radioactive waste
  • Amount of stored waste: 433 cubic metres
  • Type of stored waste: Very Low-Level Waste

Other buffer for interim storage

  • Amount of stored waste: 1.386 cubic metres
  • Type of stored waste: Very Low-Level Waste (1.312 cubic metres); Low Level Waste (16 cubic metres); Intermediate Level Waste (58 cubic metres)

An additional interim storage facility will be built to store solid waste resulting from cementation of the final product. The nitric-based solution of the final product is currently stored in a tank within an underground premise of the plant.