(529c) A New Framework for Radiological Impact Assessment in Life Cycle Assessment
The aim of this work is to address this issue by proposing a new framework to be included as a standard procedure in the LCA framework. This framework envisages four steps and assesses the impact of ionising radiation in terms of risk of detrimental effect to human beings. Notably, both air and water releases, and solid waste are included. The fate analysis indeed represents the key step in the methodology, as it aims at quantifying the environmental concentration of a specific pollutant at the receptor location. Given the general framework, two alternative methodologies have been developed and operationalised; they differ in the models underpinning the fate analysis. In one methodology the IAEA generic models  coupled with the UK Radioactive Waste Management (RWM) Ltd.â??s Post-Closure Safety Assessment  is used; whilst, in the other case, a MacKay-type model is adopted to simulate a compartmental multi-media environment. The general approach the two alternative methodologies and the main challenges involving their inclusion in the LCA framework will be discussed at the conference.
For the purposes of demonstrating the proposed framework the UK current approach for Nuclear Spent Fuel management is adopted as a case study. According to the approach proposed by Clift et al. , the system is divided into two subsystems: Foreground and Background. â??Realâ?? data from UK nuclear facilities is used for the processes in the foreground system. Along with the proposed methodology, several other impact categories, including Global Warming Potential, will be analysed. Results of the study will show the overall environmental performance and will also allow to identify the sections of the UK spent nuclear fuel reprocessing procedure that have the most radiological and non-radiological impact. Particular emphasis will be given to the comparison between direct radioactive releases and solid nuclear waste. Preliminary results of the LCA study will be presented at the conference.
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