There is radioactivity all around us; at the hospital, on the train and when we use our cellphones – thus not only at nuclear power stations. A common feature is, that all of it produces radioactive waste, that has to be managed in a responsible way to avoid contamination.
COVRA in Holland, situated on a small peninsula not far from Belgium, has specialized in correct management of radioactive waste, which is classified into three categories: low-, medium- and high-risk waste.
The category determines in what way the waste is transported, managed and stored at COVRA. Low- and medium-risk waste, such as smoke detectors, test animals and needles just need to be cast in concrete blocks and then stored in a safe way.
High-risk waste, on the other hand, will be packed in glass blocks and stored in a cooled area as the high activity level in the glass blocks generates a considerable amount of heat. It takes about 100 years before the waste has decomposed sufficiently and no longer generates heat.
What is special about COVRA is that they store the radioactive waste in specially designed buildings above the ground instead of, as usually, below the ground.
The area itself is situated not far from residential areas, but due to the high safety this is not a problem - not for the residents either. The area is checked continuously for radioactive waste and, in fact, there is less radiation, measured in milliSievert (mSv), than in the remaining part of Holland. It is thus quite safe to visit COVRA.
COVRA is open for visitors on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9.30 to 12.00, and from 13.00 to 16.00.
Prior to visits, COVRA must have received a list with names, full addresses and identification.
A booking fee will be charged.
Coach rent max. 23 people : EUR 1.355,79
Coach rent max. 40 people : EUR 1.464,15
Coach rent max 50 people : EUR 1.501,56
Coach rent max 57 people : EUR 1.616,37
Coach rent per extra hour excl. parking fees