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What is Low-Level Radioactive Waste?
Low-level radioactive waste (LLRW) arises from the activities associated with nuclear electricity generation, from nuclear research and development, and from the production and use of radioisotopes in medicine, education, research, agriculture and industry. Examples of LLRW are contaminated materials, rags and protective clothing. LLRW is grouped into two broad categories, as follows:
- Ongoing Waste: LLRW that is generated from ongoing activities of companies that are currently in business, for example, nuclear electricity generators. Owners or producers of ongoing waste are responsible for its management.
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- Historic Waste: LLRWW that was managed in the past in a manner no longer considered acceptable but for which the original producer cannot reasonably be held responsible. The federal government has accepted responsibility for this waste. For more information click here
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