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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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Introduction

Nuclear Energy Agency

The Forum on Stakeholder Confidence (FSC) began with the observation that society must be assured that every decision taken for radioactive waste management (RWM) is a considered one, and that governments and RWM institutions must act accordingly. A decision-making process providing opportunities for participation, comment and input from the affected public and interested groups is needed to move RWM programmes forward and ensure the desired high level of protection for the long time scales involved. This process should include rigorous technical reviews as well as the discussion of topics of the public’s choice, including the advantages and disadvantages of alternative waste management strategies. Ultimately, governments are responsible for providing the framework within which the necessary actions can be taken and for making decisions that meet with an appropriate level of societal support.

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