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Low-Level Waste (LLW)

Low-Level Waste (LLW) refers to a category of radioactive waste that contains material with lower levels of radioactivity compared to high-level waste. LLW typically includes items that have been contaminated with radioactive substances or have become radioactive through exposure to neutron radiation. These items may include things like clothing, tools, filters, and medical tubes, as well as materials from nuclear power plant maintenance and decommissioning activities.

The management and disposal of LLW are governed by strict regulations to ensure environmental safety and public health. Despite its lower radioactivity, LLW requires proper handling to prevent unintended exposure and contamination. Disposal methods often include containment in near-surface facilities designed to isolate the waste from the environment for adequate time periods until the radioactivity decays to safe levels.

In the context of sustainability, the proper management of LLW plays a crucial role in minimizing the environmental impact of industries that generate radioactive materials. By ensuring safe disposal and emphasizing waste reduction techniques, we can mitigate the long-term ecological footprints associated with radioactive waste.