Radioactive Waste ? A Complete Guide

It is interesting to get to know radioactive waste, the different types of waste, and how dangerous it can be. This is so that you can understand better when there is news on television about radioactivity again. This is everything you need to know about radioactive waste and the dangers of it.

Radioactive waste explained

Firstly, what is radioactive waste? This is waste that is produced by mining, defense, and even medicine. The latest and most popular radioactive waste are those from a nuclear power plant.

This radioactive waste is items or water that are radioactive. This can be radioactive for weeks, months, years, or hundreds of years. And, it needs to be disposed of correctly so that it can’t harm or getting into contact with things that can harm nature, animals, and people.

Different varieties of radioactive waste

There are different types of radioactive waste. It is because of the different types of radioactive wastes that it needs to be disposed of differently. Some are a lot more dangerous than others and need to be disposed of in a different matter. These are the different types of radioactive waste that you can find.

1) High-level waste. This is the most dangerous radioactive waste. Those that are taking forever to clear up. This is if they are ever getting clean from radioactivity. These are the waste that you will find in nuclear power stations. And, this is why they are taking it seriously to ensure that no leaks are identified in the power stations. It is also the waste that is the hardest and most important to dispose of correctly. It needs to be disposed of in such a way that no animal or human can get exposed to it in any way, at any time.

2) Intermediate level of waste. Still dangerous, but not as dangerous as the high-level waste. With this waste, it requires shielding when handling and storing waste. Still dangerous to get exposed to, but not as dangerous as with the high-level waste. At the intermediate level, it contains only 4% of radioactive waste. Just enough to be dangerous, but not deadly.

3) Low level of waste. Most of all radiation waste is actually low-level waste. Hospitals, dentists, and other institutions are making use of low-level radiation. This isn’t dangerous at all and can be found in normal landfills. There are no dangers of using this low-level radiation, except if you are going to get exposed daily for years to come.

Is radioactive waste really dangerous?

Is radioactive waste really dangerous? Or is this just a way to make sure that people are staying away from radioactive waste?

The high and intermediate levels of radioactive waste are dangerous. The high levels can be deadly if you aren’t wearing the right protection. The low levels are radioactive waste that we are using daily. Not dangerous at all, except if you are getting into contact with it daily for years.

This is easy to understand guide about radioactive waste. This is to make sure that you know how dangerous it is to get into contact with this waste. There are many things that you need to know about radioactive waste, but these are just some of the information that you need to know. Making sure that you know what to expect when you work with this type of waste for the first time.

CR Asia is a leading industrial plant maintenance services provider and shutdowns and turnarounds professional, delivering a complete range of services to the oil, gas, chemical, refining and power industries, including catalyst handling, reactor services, industrial cleaning, industrial waste management services, heat exchanger maintenance and cleaning services and more.


Nancy Whitman is a contributor to leading industrial maintenance and shutdowns specialist, CR Asia.

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