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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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Overview and transversal findings

Nuclear Energy Agency

The search for sites for radioactive waste management (RWM) facilities attracts attention from implementers, government bodies, local communities and the public at large. Facility siting processes, in general, tend to be marred by conflicts, disagreements and delays. In response a shift has taken place, in the RWM area, from a more traditional “decide, announce and defend” model to one of “engage, interact and co-operate.” The essence of the new attitude is an approach of co-operation or partnership between the implementer and the affected communities, involving dialogue between experts and citizens, mutual learning, and public involvement in the process of decision making. National ministries and authorities have also been called to play a more visible role. The intensity and degree of partnering may vary from country to country and in different phases of project development.

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