IRE and IRE ELiT management undertake to conduct their activities in a manner that respects the environment and thus take all necessary measures to reduce the environmental impact of the activities performed by IRE and IRE ELiT.
In order to reduce their impact on the environment, IRE and IRE ELiT take the following measures:
Regarding the emission of gaseous radioactive substances,
IRE and IRE ELiT operate their facilities in such a way as to minimise the emission of radioactive substances. In order to do this, IRE and IRE ELiT aim to minimise, at the operational level, the generation of gaseous radioactive effluents at source. IRE and IRE ELiT have also put treatment and filtration facilities for gaseous radioactive effluents into operation for use in routine and/or accident situations. The functioning and efficiency of these installations are measured continuously so as to further reduce the environmental impact when gaseous radioactive substances are generated. The potential release of radioactive substance into the environment is measured continuously and recorded by IRE monitoring systems. These systems also enable the detection of any anomaly that could lead to the release of a radioactive substance into the environment.
Regarding liquid radioactive substances,
IRE and IRE ELiT also aim to minimise the potential impact of liquid radioactive substances on the environment. In order to achieve this objective, IRE and IRE ELiT have put collection systems in place for liquid effluents that could be contaminated by radioactive substances. These are monitored on a regular basis. In the event of absence of radioactive contamination, these effluents can be released into the environment. If, on the other hand, radioactive contamination is detected, the effluents are left to diminish until all radioactive contaminants have been eliminated. Other regulations regarding respect of the environment (example: contamination rate of heavy metals, etc.) are also adhered to.
Regarding waste, radioactive or otherwise,
IRE and IRE ELiT have developed the infrastructure and processes required for its management. The necessary staff are made available to ensure optimal waste management, and also to reduce environmental impacts related to the generation of waste. The IRE and IRE ELiT policy regarding waste management is founded on three pillars: avoiding the generation of waste, separating waste in order to facilitate its recycling, and managing/disposing of waste that had to be produced and which we are unable to recycle. These three elements apply to radioactive waste but, with regard to its elimination, the waste may need to be retained prior to disposal for a period defined by IRE and IRE ELiT processes in order to minimise the impact on the environment and on staff who treat it. Similarly, IRE and IRE ELiT undertake to respect the acceptance criteria defined by the competent authority regarding the management of radioactive waste.
Regarding environmental permits,
IRE and IRE ELiT undertake to comply with the regulations in force concerning the environment as well as the conditions specified in their environmental permit.