New IAEA database tracks spent fuel and radioactive wasteS. Himmelstein | June 10, 2020
More effective tracking and management of the radioactive waste generated globally by nuclear reactors and in medical, industrial and defense applications is the goal of a new information sharing platform developed by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Launched in cooperation with the European Commission and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development/Nuclear Energy Agency, the Spent Fuel and Radioactive Waste Information System (SRIS) will provide an integrated view of national and global spent fuel and radioactive waste inventories as well as relevant laws, regulations, policies, plans and activities.
IAEA is encouraging national authorities to take advantage of this tool by nominating representatives responsible for submitting data to SRIS, part of which will be available to the public and other countries using the system. So far, 38 countries have done so.
“In SRIS, countries can produce tables and reports and submit them to various organizations, including for their report to the Joint Convention, the IAEA’s Status and Trends report, to the Nuclear Energy Agency of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development or to the European Commission for European Union members,” said Merle Lust, waste management information specialist at the IAEA. “SRIS offers a sort of ‘one-stop shop’ for countries to store, monitor and export data for various purposes, including to fulfill reporting obligations at international organizations.”