Table 3.6
Radioactive waste in Canada

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Radioactive waste in Canada

Table summary
This table displays the results of radioactive waste in canada accumulation rates in 2007, radioactive waste inventory 2007 and projected radioactive waste inventory 2050, calculated using cubic metres per year, cubic metres, millions of tonnes per year and millions of tonnes units of measure (appearing as column headers).

  Accumulation rates in 2007 Radioactive waste inventory 2007 Projected radioactive waste inventory 2050
  cubic metres
per year
cubic metres
Nuclear fuel waste 311 8,130 21,300
Intermediate-level radioactive
890 30,350 79,000
Low-level radioactive waste 4,560 2,330,000 2,570,000
  millions of
tonnes per year
millions of tonnes
Uranium mine tailings 0.7 216 Note ..: not available for a specific reference period
Waste rock Note ..: not available for a specific reference period 175 Note ..: not available for a specific reference period
In order to assess the future requirements for the management of radioactive waste, the Low-Level Radioactive Waste Management Office projects the inventory to 2050. The year 2050 is selected as a future reference date because it was forecasted as the end of operation for the last constructed power reactors (Darlington Generating Station). This projection assumes that no new nuclear generating stations will be commissioned before the year 2050 and that all current operating reactors will have ceased operations by this time.
Low-Level Radioactive Waste Management Office, 2009, Inventory of Radioactive Waste in Canada, (accessed December 19, 2011).
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