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Environment > Pollution > Nuclear waste efficiency: Countries Compared

Edria Murray, Staff Editor

Author: Edria Murray, Staff Editor

As this statistic indicates the amount of waste produced per unit of energy, a

lower efficiency value is more desirable.



Nuclear waste is an environmental concern as radioactivity can cause serious health

effects including: cancers, birth defects, sterility, genetic damage and lowered immunity to

diseases especially at high levels of exposure.



Nuclear waste is highly radioactive and needs to be isolated from people and the

enviroment for around 10 000 years. After this time the radiation level has reduced and the

waste is considered safe. Spent fuel is usually contained in concrete or steel containers,

or in cooling pools.



Nuclear waste can be reprocessed to extract and recycle Uranium and Plutonium. Great

Britain, France, Japan and Germany currently reprocess some of their nuclear waste.

DEFINITION: This is the amount of nuclear waste produced per unit of energy obtained. Energy obtained is measured in units equivalent to the energy obtained from using one million tons of oil. Data from 1998 or latest available year. "Nuclear Waste" is waste from spent fuel arising in nuclear power plants, measured in terms of heavy metal.

CONTENTS

# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH
1 Canada 6.5 1998
2 France 4.6 1998
3 Sweden 4.5 1998
4 United Kingdom 3.7 1998
5 Hungary 3.2 1998
Group of 7 countries (G7) average (profile) 3.13 1998
6 Belgium 2.8 1998
7 Switzerland 2.4 1998
8 South Korea 2.3 1998
9 Finland 2.2 1998
10 Japan 1.8 1998
11 Germany 1.3 1998
12 Czech Republic 1 1998
=13 Spain 0.9 1998
=13 United States 0.9 1998
15 Netherlands 0.2 1998
16 Mexico 0.1 1998

Citation

"Countries Compared by Environment > Pollution > Nuclear waste efficiency. International Statistics at NationMaster.com", Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Paris, France, OECD Environmental Data Compendium, 1999. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Environment/Pollution/Nuclear-waste-efficiency

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As this statistic indicates the amount of waste produced per unit of energy, a

lower efficiency value is more desirable.



Nuclear waste is an environmental concern as radioactivity can cause serious health

effects including: cancers, birth defects, sterility, genetic damage and lowered immunity to

diseases especially at high levels of exposure.



Nuclear waste is highly radioactive and needs to be isolated from people and the

enviroment for around 10 000 years. After this time the radiation level has reduced and the

waste is considered safe. Spent fuel is usually contained in concrete or steel containers,

or in cooling pools.



Nuclear waste can be reprocessed to extract and recycle Uranium and Plutonium. Great

Britain, France, Japan and Germany currently reprocess some of their nuclear waste.

Posted on 03 Feb 2005

Edria Murray, Staff Editor

Edria Murray, Staff Editor

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