The central facility for the sophisticated storage of radioactive waste (CSF) is another step in the development of Jordan’s nuclear program, recognizing the need for such facility and taking the leadership role to secure financial and technical support; Dr. Xoubi signed an agreement with the US Department of Energy (DoE) on August 18, 2008.
Under the agreement, DoE has provided Jordan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC) with almost half a million dollars for the construction of the Central Storage Facility. The project was designed, engineered, and constructed by Jordanians with the support and assistance of the US department of energy and the IAEA.
The project comprises approximately 4000 square feet of interim storage area that will, in turn, host Jordan's radioactive waste and disused nuclear sources in a safe and secure environment for the next five decades till the waste is finally disposed of permanently in a final disposal facility that is to be built in the future.
Only Low Level Waste (LLW) will be stored in this interim storage facility, after implementing proper treatment to the waste, all of the waste will be solidified and immobilized in steel drums utilizing cement as the main immobilization material.
All radioactive waste and disused nuclear sources will be managed, stored and monitored in strict accordance with the best international practices and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) guidelines.
The main goal of this project is to enclose and host the radioactive waste generated from the peaceful uses of nuclear energy and radioactive isotopes in different applications including medical, industrial, and agricultural activities. The CSF will also contain the radioactive waste produced by research centers and nuclear research reactors.
All disused radioactive sources generated from various national institutes will be gathered, conditioned managed stored and monitored in a safe and well-secured environment inside the CSF, in order to protect the workers in those national institutes from the dangers of excess ionizing radiation exposure that could be damaging to their health and wellbeing, and also to protect the ambient environment from being contaminated with radioactive materials.
The CSF will also ensure that the radioactive waste is stored securely and protected from misconduct, theft, or usage by unauthorized personnel.