- the radioactive by-products from the operation of a nuclear reactor or from the reprocessing of depleted nuclear fuel.
Origin of radioactive waste
Examples from the Web for nuclear waste
After several rounds of unemployment he secured—with gratitude—a graveyard shift as a private guard at a nuclear-waste site.Labor Day: What Does ‘Labor’ Mean, Anyway?
September 3, 2012
- another name for radioactive waste
- any waste material containing radionuclidesAlso called: nuclear waste
Radioactive materials that may be left after a commercial or laboratory process has been carried out. Some is “low-level” waste, such as objects that have touched the radioactive tracers used in certain medical tests. Other waste may be “high-level,” such as the material left in a nuclear reactor after the fuel has been consumed.