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Partnering for Long-Term Management of Radioactive Waste

Evolution and Current Practice in Thirteen Countries

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National radioactive waste management programmes are in various phases of siting facilities and rely on distinct technical approaches for different categories of waste. In all cases, it is necessary for institutional actors and the potential or actual host community to build a meaningful, workable relationship. Partnership approaches are effective in achieving a balance between the requirements of fair representation and competent participation. With host community support, they also help ensure the desirable combination of a licensable site and management concept as well as a balance between compensation, local control and development opportunities. This report provides up-to-date information on experience with local partnership arrangements in 13 countries. The characteristics, advantages and aims of community partnerships are also described in addition to the concept's evolution over the past decade.

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Finland

Nuclear Energy Agency

When the Finnish Parliament amended the Nuclear Energy Act by prohibiting export and import of nuclear waste, it became evident that the owner of the Loviisa power plant Imatran Voima Power (Imatran Power-IVO) had to deal with the waste within the Finnish borders. In practice, the only acceptable solution was final disposal, so Teollisuuden Voima Oy (TVO, a nuclear power operator) and IVO jointly established the company Posiva for taking care of spent fuel disposal.

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