Andra, the French radioactive waste management agency, has published the last up to date radioactive waste inventory for France, which is accurate up to the end of 2010.

At the end of 2010, there were some 1,320,000 cubic meters of radioactive waste in France, representing an increase of almost 13 per cent since the last national inventory was published for 2007.

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Nuclear power accounted for almost 60 per cent of this waste, with research contributing the second largest portion of 26 per cent, reports Nuclear Engineering International.

The majority of the waste in France in 2010 (830,000 cubic meters; some 63 per cent of the total volume) was short-lived low and intermediate-level waste, which is mainly associated with the operation and maintenance of nuclear facilities.

The total volume of radioactive waste in France is expected to reach 1.9 million cubic meters in 2020 and 2.7 cubic meters by 2030, according to the Andra predictions.

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