- Radioactive wastes are those which contain radioactive materials.
- Radiation given off by nuclear waste causes mutations to occur at a very high rate.
- At high doses nuclear radiation is lethal but at lower doses it creates various genetic disorders such as cancer.
- Storage of nuclear waste after pre-treatment done in shielded containers buried within the rocks, about 500 m deep below the earth’s surface.
Fig. shielded containers to store nuclear waste