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Although much is to be gained by international cooperation at all of the levels mentioned, a uniform approach to radioactive waste disposition is not expected. Differences in national waste management policies will result from the diversity of cultures, of specific problems, and of priorities. Some issues (e.g., those concerned with safeguarding fissile materials) demand a high degree of international conformity to agreed procedures. Other issues, such as the choice of method and the timing, can legitimately be treated differently in different nations.



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