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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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Foreword

Nuclear Energy Agency

The Forum on Stakeholder Confidence (FSC) was created in 2000 under a mandate from the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency’s Radioactive Waste Management Committee to facilitate the sharing of international experience in addressing the societal dimension of radioactive waste management (RWM). It explores means of ensuring an effective dialogue amongst all stakeholders and considers ways to strengthen confidence in decision-making processes. The FSC has documented a wealth of experience through topical sessions and studies, and in particular through its national workshops and community visits.

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