Waste Management

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Status of Radioactive Waste Management in Uganda

§ The bulk of the waste generated in Uganda rises from the use of radioactive sources in medical, research, agricultural, industrial, and educational institutions. Large quantities of waste, bearing naturally occurring materials, are also generated through mining and mineral ore processing.

§ Radioactive sources if mis-managed can lead to serious radiation injuries and burns, fatalities and environmental contamination. Many radiological accidents in the past two decades were the consequence of abandoned or insecurely stored disused radioactive sources.

§ Also after the several recently terrorist attacks in Uganda, it is clearly recognized that un-regulated, orphan and spent/disused sealed radioactive sources with high activities are potential targets to terrorism because they could be used as raw material to assemble dirt bombs.

§ The lack of a central radioactive storage facility in the country poses a challenge to safely and securely manage radioactive waste. It is thus necessary for Council to establish a national radioactive waste management and storage facility.

§ Therefore the timely Management of spent, disused and orphan radioactive sources is key to a national strategy of radioactive sources and radioactive waste management.

§ The government of Uganda through the Atomic Energy Council (AEC) is in the process of establishing a central radioactive storage facility for wastes that contain radioactive materials. The facility will handle orphan, illicit radioactive and nuclear waste materials.

§ AEC through the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development acquired 11.5 acres of land located on Plot 1516, block 95, East Buganda, Kyagwe County-Mukono District to be developed for purposes of fulfilling its mandate.

§ AEC intends to develop a master plan of the facilities that will be constructed on the land. The process of selecting the consultancy services to assist AEC in developing the Mpoma land is in its final stages.